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Concord in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Meriam’s Corner

Minute Man National Historical Park

 
 
Meriam’s Corner Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
1. Meriam’s Corner 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 Corner to Fiske Hill provides
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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° 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 Meriam’s Corner (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Meriam’s Corner (about 700 feet away); Bedford Minutemen (approx. ¼ mile away); Ephraim Wales Bull (approx.
Marker in Minute Man Nat'l Hist Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
2. Marker in Minute Man Nat'l Hist Park
half a mile away); Nathaniel Hawthorne (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Larch Path (approx. 0.6 miles away); The First Settlement - 1635 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Casey’s 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: 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.; Charlestown – 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.
Josiah Meriam House c. 1663 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
3. Josiah Meriam House c. 1663
Colonial soldiers waited near this house on April 19, 1775 for the retreating British troops. The first shots on the Battle Road were fired from this site.
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 February 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,820 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on February 10, 2022, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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