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

Lexington Minuteman

 
 
Lexington Minuteman Monument image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2009
1. Lexington Minuteman Monument
Inscription. Marker contains no text other than identifying the sculpture's benefactor:

The bequest of Francis Brown Hayes to the town of Lexington
 
Erected 1899 by Francis Brown Hayes.
 
Location. 42° 26.937′ N, 71° 13.808′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Bedford Street (Massachusetts Route 225) and Massachusetts Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Bedford Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington MA 02421, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Line of the Minutemen (a few steps from this marker); Prince Estabrook (within shouting distance of this marker); Rendezvous of the Minute Men (within shouting distance of this marker); Lexington Meeting Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); Lexington Green (within shouting distance of this marker); This Flag Pole (within shouting distance of this marker); Buckman Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Marrett and Nathan Munroe House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
Regarding Lexington Minuteman. The minuteman
Lexington Minuteman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2009
2. Lexington Minuteman Marker
is portrayed as a colonial farmer holding a musket in front of him with both hands. He stands on a granite boulder with his proper left leg resting on a rocky ledge. Beneath the granite boulder is a pile of rocks and a semicircular basin originally a watering trough for horses, but now functions as a planter. A drinking fountain was also part of the original plan.

The sculpture was given to the Town of Lexington through the bequest of Francis Brown Hayes. It was sculpted by Henry Hudson Kitson (1863-1947) and dedicated April 19, 1900.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Minutemen. Minutemen were individual colonists who independently organized to form militia companies self-trained in weaponry, tactics and military strategies from the American colonial partisan militia during the American Revolutionary War. They provided a highly mobile, rapidly deployed force that allowed the colonies to respond immediately to war threats, hence the name.

The minutemen were among the first to fight in the American Revolution. Their teams constituted about a quarter of the entire militia. Generally younger and more mobile, they served as part of a network for early response. Minuteman and Sons of Liberty member Paul Revere were among those who spread the news that the British Regulars (soldiers) were coming out from Boston. (Submitted on April 11, 2015.)
Lexington Minuteman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2009
3. Lexington Minuteman Marker
View, looking east. The minuteman monument is located at the southeastern corner of the Lexington Village Green. The Lexington Green is a Registered National Historic Landmark.
 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Lexington Minuteman Monument image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2009
4. Lexington Minuteman Monument
1898 bronze by Henry Hudson Kitson is approx. 8 feet tall.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,408 times since then and 107 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week April 19, 2015. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 1, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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