Concord in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Minute Man National Historical Park
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 Concordís 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 Meriamís
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 Events • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 42° 27.523′ N, 71° 19.31′ W. Marker is in Concord, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Lexington Road (Massachusetts Route 2A) and Old Bedford Road, on the right when traveling west on Lexington Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Concord MA 01742, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Meriamís Corner (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Meriamís Corner (about 700 feet away); Bedford Minutemen (approx. ľ mile away); Ephraim Wales Bull Nathaniel Hawthorne (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Larch Path (approx. 0.6 miles away); The First Settlement - 1635 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Caseyís Home (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Concord.
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 historic farming fields. 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: Meriamís 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 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 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,626 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.