Lincoln in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
The Story Continues
Minute Man Nat’l Hist Park, Mass
The British column broke into a run as they approached Lexington Center. They were saved by a brigade of a thousand fresh troops, armed with two cannon. The commander, Earl Percy, ordered them to be fired. The Colonists scattered and the beleaguered British troops regrouped.
The British force now numbered 1,700, and continued their march through Lexington into Menotomy (present-day Arlington.) The Colonial force had grown to nearly 4,000. Here was the fiercest fighting of the day. The fighting continued into Cambridge. By sundown, the exhausted British troops reached the military safety of Boston harbor. In less than 24 hours, they had marched 20 miles out to Concord, and fought 20 miles back, and were exhausted. By day’s end, 273 British regulars and 94 Colonists were killed, wounded or missing.
Of the Colonial troops who came together on Battle Road, not all returned home that evening. Many stayed, and campfires sprung up in a ring around Boston. The Siege of Boston had begun.
The events of April 19, 1775 were but a beginning. Only after years of struggle
“We retired . . . under an incessant fire, which like a moving circle surrounded and followed us wherever we went.”
-- Hugh, Earl Percy
“ . . . when we arrived within a mile of Lexington, our ammunition began to fail and the Light companies were so fatigued with flanking they were scarce able to act, and a great number of wounded scarce able to get forward made a great confusion . . . we began to run rather than retreat in order . . .”
-- British Ensign Henry DeBerniere
Erected by Minute Man National Historical Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 42° 26.825′ N, 71° 15.4′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Wood Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in the eastern edge of Minute Man National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lincoln MA 01773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. At This Well (here, next to this marker); Ebenezer Fiske House Site (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Ebenezer Fiske House Site (about 300 feet away, The Bluff & Fiske Hill (about 700 feet away); This Bluff (approx. half a mile away); Whittemore House (approx. 0.6 miles away); April 19, 1775-The Dawn of Revolution (approx. 0.7 miles away); Minute Man Visitor Center (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln.
More about this marker. The bottom right of the marker contains a picture of Colonial troops watching the retreating British column from behind trees and a stone wall. It has the caption “Fighting at Menotomy.” Next to this is a portrait of Hugh, Earl Percy. The top of the marker features a map of the Battle Road from the site of the marker at the Fiske House eastward to Charlestown.
Also see . . .
1. Minute Man National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on April 25, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Concord. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on May 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 987 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.