April 19, 1775-The Dawn of Revolution
Minute Man National Historical Park
—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Over the next twenty-four hours, a series of events ensued which took Massachusetts and colonies a major step closer to Independence. Casualties, first in Lexington, then in Concord , and finally on the road back to Boston, marked a turning point in a decade-old struggle.
By the end of the day on April 19, the Minute Men had surrounded Boston and laid siege to the port city. On July 2, 1775, George Washington, a planter from distant Virginia, took charge of the army. Eight months later, on March 17, 1776, British troops evacuated Boston. In Massachusetts the fighting was over, but the War for Independence had only begun.
Exhibits and audiovisual programs in this Visitor Center tell the story of the events of April 19, 1775, the immediate consequences of those events, and their meaning for our Republic.
Location. 42° 26.934′ N, 71° 16.176′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whittemore House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Minute Man Visitor Center (about 600 feet away); Thomas Nelson Jr. House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Josiah Nelson House (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Bluff (approx. ¼ mile away); Thorning Boulder (approx. ¼ mile away); Paul Revere Capture Site (approx. half a mile away); End of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln.
Categories. • Colonial Era • War, US Revolutionary •
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