“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lincoln in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Minute Man Visitor Center

Minute Man National Historical Park

Minute Man Visitor Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
1. Minute Man Visitor Center Marker
Inscription.  Minute Man National Historical Park was the starting place of the American Revolution: here the resolve of citizens willing to risk their lives for the ideals of liberty and self-determination was instrumental in the formation of the American identity.

The park preserves sites where Colonial militia men and British soldiers clashed on April 19, 1775. A force of 700 British soldiers left Boston to seize military supplies stockpiled in Concord. Alarm riders alerted the countryside. In area towns, militia companies assembled, ready to defend their communities and their liberties if necessary.

After brief battles at Lexington Green (5:00 a.m.) and Concord’s North Bridge (9:30 a.m.) fighting escalated along the “Battle Road.” As the British troops marched back towards Boston, militia companies poured in. By afternoon, nearly 4,000 Colonists unleashed “an incessant fire” upon the British soldiers. At the end of the day, the Colonists surrounded and laid siege to Boston. The Revolutionary War had begun.

The Battle Road Trail   - - - - - - - - - -
This five mile trail from Meriam’s
Marker in Minute Man Nat'l Hist Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
2. Marker in Minute Man Nat'l Hist Park
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Corner to Fiske Hill provides pedestrian, bicycle and wheelchair access to many cultural and natural sites within the park. The trail visits battle sites, agricultural fields, colonial homes and taverns, forests, fragile wetlands, and historic landmarks. Portions of the trail are on the Battle Road where the British column marched; other sections follow stone walls and farm lanes traversed by the Colonists.

Many visitors begin their tour by viewing the exhibits and orientation program at the Minute Man Visitor Center.
Erected by Minute Man National Historical Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable EventsWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1826.
Location. 42° 26.972′ N, 71° 16.294′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Marrett Road (Massachusetts Route 2A), on the right when traveling west. Marker is in the parking lot of the Minute Man Visitor Center, at the beginning of the trail. 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. Thomas Nelson Jr. House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Josiah Nelson House (about 500 feet away); April 19, 1775-The Dawn of Revolution (about 600 feet away); Thorning Boulder
Wittemore House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
3. Wittemore House
The path near the marker leads to the home of Jacob and Ester Wittemore. During the retreat to Boston on April 19, 1775, a British soldier was killed in front of a blacksmith shop near this house.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Whittemore House (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Bluff (approx. 0.3 miles away); Paul Revere Capture Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); End of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln.
More about this marker. The top of the marker features a map of Minute Man National Historical Park, with a detail of the trail from the marker to the Visitor Center and further on to the Wittemore House. The bottom left of the marker contains a map of the Battle Road on April 19, 1775, with the progress of the British retreat indicated: Meriam’s Corner, Concord - 12:30 p.m.; Lincoln – 1:00 p.m; Lexington – 2:30 p.m.; Menotomy – 4:30 p.m.; Cambridge – 5:30 p.m.; Charleston – 7:00 p.m.
Two photographs from a reenactment of the fighting on the Battle Road appear at the bottom right of the marker. Also present are a picture of the Minute Man statue from North Bridge and a reprint of an image of Salem Gazette broadside telling of the “Bloody Butchery by the British Troops or the Runaway fight of the Regulars.”
Also see . . .
1. Minute Man National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Concord. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on May 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,320 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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