Blood Was Inevitable

It doesn’t matter whose blood, or who fired the first shot. Whether it was fired by an eager patriot, a nervous redcoat, or a drunken hunter not even on the field, is immaterial. What matters is that the shot was fired and the road to a new nation was trod. The path to this point had been tumultuous, and it was far from set in stone, even after blood had been spilled, but it was now a different path than what had been. No longer would they entreat their king for redress of grievances with lengthy tomes. Now they would speak with the ferocity of black powder and cold steel, and the hot blood of patriots.

The afternoon of April 18, 1775, Dr. Joseph Warren, considered by Governor Gage as the most dangerous man in the colonies, had seen five British officers on horseback returning to Boston along Charleston Neck. Their mission had been to reconnoiter the route for an armed excursion into the countryside to seize militia arms and arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock, two of the most vocal and radical of the patriots agitating against the long line of usurpations of King George III. The reconnaissance had been designed to prevent raising alarm among the colonists. Instead Dr. Warren mounted the steeple of the Old North Church and lit two lanterns, launching Paul Revere and Richard Dawes on their famous Midnight Ride.

Early on the morning of April 19 approximately 800 British soldiers boarded boats manned by Royal Navy sailors on a deserted beach of Boston’s Back Bay. The men were Royal Marines under Major Pictairn, and Grenadiers and Light Infantry flank companies, the elite of the British Army. Overall command was under Lt. Col. Francis Smith, an experienced and aged officer. Through a source so close to General Gage that his, or possibly her, identity remains a secret to this day, Dr. Warren learned that the column’s target was Concord; and Adams and Hancock.

While the regulars marched through the idyllic countryside, the Sons of Liberty and Minute Men were assembling at Lexington Green and in the surrounding woods militiamen were turning out in ever increasing numbers. As the sun rose over Lexington Common the lead British column drew up in line facing the 80 or so loosely assembled militia who had just exited the Buckman Tavern. British  Marine Leftenant Jesse Adair, commanding the advanced guard, ordered Capt. John Parker to dismiss his militia and not impede the forces march to Concord.

This game had been played before. The redcoats and colonists had been playing cat and mouse for months, trying to capture patriot stores in a series of bloodless skirmishes called Powder Alarms. The British would sally forth, the colonists’ early alarm system of dispatch riders, bugles and drums warned of their excursion, and the arms caches were dispersed. Though Capt. Parker expected that today would be no different, he had no illusions what an engagement with trained British regulars would mean. He had no intention of instigating a fight, and had formed his men so as not to block the road to Concord; but he also was determined to make a statement of defiance. “Stand your ground; don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

Lt. Adair marched his men down the common in an effort to flank and surround the militia, while the follow on companies under Maj. Pictairn drew up in their front. Lt.William Sutherland rushed the patriots brandishing his sword, yelling “Lay down your arms, you damned rebels!” Adair’s men rushed forward shouting “Huzzah!”, bayonets leveled, to confuse the rebels. Both Pictairn and Parker ordered their men to hold their fire, but in all of the confusion, someone discharged their musket. The “Shot Heard ‘Round The World” had been fired.

The British, acting in an undisciplined manner and without orders, unleashed a devastating volley into the confused ranks of militia.  The militia broke and wisely ran for their lives, leaving behind eight dead and 10 wounded. Those killed were Samuel Hadley, John Brown, Jonathon Harrington, Caleb Harrington, Asahel Porter, Robert Munroe, Jonas Parker, and Isaac Muzzey.

The British officers regained control of their men and reformed them for the march to Concord, but in the surrounding countryside the hornet’s nest of Minute Men were swarming.

When they arrived in Concord they found most of the arms had been evacuated. While they fruitlessly searched the buildings and nearby farms, the militia formed on the hills over looking the North Bridge over the Concord River. They formed into a column and marched against the regulars on the opposite bank. To the militia’s surprise the British fired a live volley and two Minute Men fell dead. The militia stopped and fired a volley of their own, and this time it was the British who broke. For most of the redcoats it was their first terrifying taste of combat, and facing an overwhelming force in a confusing situation, they did the unthinkable; the vaunted Lobsterback turned tail and ran.

Both sides then settled into a tense standoff, watching each other from defensive positions while the remainder of the British forces finished their empty search of Concord Town. A local lunatic wandered between the lines selling hard cider to both sides, who sat in stunned disbelief that lethal shots had actually been fired, that blood had finally and truly been spilled.

After lunch the British formed into columns for the march back to Boston. About a mile east of Concord at a crossroads and bridge named Merriam’s Corner, the colonists descended on the British column. To the increasingly worried regulars it was “as if men fell from the sky.” From there, and at places named Bloody Angle, Mason’s Farm, and Fiske’s Hill, the militiamen ambushed the retreating regulars, sniping at them from behind walls and trees with an accurate and deadly fire. At Lexington, the bloodied and bandaged men of Parker’s militia gained revenge when they initiated an ambush which wounded Col. Smith himself.

The planned British withdrawal was now a rout, with British officers having to draw their swords to force their men into lines to engage the yankee militia which swarmed around them like angry wasps. They were close to surrender until they were met with a relief force of 1,000 men with artillery under Lord Percy. Under Percy the reformed column resumed the march in good order, but even more militia had taken the field and the harassing raids and ambushes continued with increasing ferocity and lethality all the way back to Boston. With the increasing desperation of their plight the famed British discipline broke down yet again  and soldiers began plundering and looting houses and taverns along the route of march, killing anyone they suspected of being involved in the fighting, including two drunks in Menotomy whose only crime was being too drunk to hide in the cellar.

By dark the ragged column of British marched back into Boston under the protective guns of the Royal Navy. They had marched more than 40 miles in 21 hours, had not slept, been under fire for eight hours, and had lost 75 men killed, 174 wounded and 53 missing. When they woke the next morning Boston was surrounded by a militia force of over 15,000. The nascent beginnings of the Continental Army had marched from all over New England when the rumor of spilled blood was born true.

Although a state of actual war now existed between the colonies and Great Britain, it would be more than a year of debates before the course of complete separation and independence was finally decided upon on July 4th, 1776, widely recognized as the birth of our nation. But it was on that bright spring morning at Lexington Green that the first step on the path to our ordained destiny as the Great Experiment, towards American Exceptionalism, to freedom and liberty, was finally and irrevocably taken.

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angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

And Dingy Harry Greed promptly announced that the colonists were all domestic terrorists.
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LC ShadowFox
LC ShadowFox

His son Lord Rory Reid had been all set to build a solarium on the site of the former armory “for the good and treatment of publics suffering tuberculosis” with help from mystics of Oriental persuasion too.

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

LC ShadowFox @ #:

His son Lord Rory Reid had been all set to build a solarium on the site of the former armory “for the good and treatment of publics suffering tuberculosis” with help from mystics of Oriental persuasion too.

Where will the be building the Gout and Consumption clinics?

LC Xystus
LC Xystus

Happens to be my LEO bro’s birthday. I mention him because we’ve talked of attending June’s Rott Fest–& he’s considered becoming a Texan.

Tallulah
Tallulah

Take a moment to help our present-day patriots: Leavenworth 10 Freedom Ride Our mission is to wholly support and work toward the release of The Leavenworth 10, a group of American soldiers/Marines incarcerated at Ft. Leavenworth for killing members of Al-Qaeda or Iraqi insurgents. These decorated and committed soldiers/Marines who honorably served their country—achieving a significant number of combat medals… Read more »

Emperor Misha I
Emperor Misha I

Waiting for the shot…

LC Xystus
LC Xystus

Both Pictairn and Parker ordered their men to hold their fire, but in all of the confusion, someone discharged their musket. The “Shot Heard ‘Round The World” had been fired.

One claim was that it came from someone’s metal Highland-style pistol made in Doune, Scotland.

LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent
LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent

And to think it all started there…. and now look at what New England has become – chock full of communist parasites, political whores, and socially retarded freak shows.

LC Old Dog
LC Old Dog

Where shall the Shot occur this time and for what cause? I am betting on somewhere in the Southwest and the cause being either an illegal or BLM. :em03:

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent @ #: And to think it all started there…. and now look at what New England has become – chock full of communist parasites, political whores, and socially retarded freak shows. *Ahem* I’m in NH. And yuou should take into consideration New York and Connecticut’s recent gun grabs. Compliance rate is between 5-10%… Read more »

Terrapod
Terrapod

A nice high quality smackdown of a libtard troll , put a smile on my face and was educational to boot http://www.smallestminority.blogspot.com/2014/04/more-idiot-bashing-at-quoracom.html

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

I have managed to find the list Dingy Harry Reid uses to determine if someone is a Domestic Terrorist. You are a Domestic Terrorist if: You support the Constitution of the United States as written. You think the government is to large. You did something peacefully that annoyed Harry Reid. You did something that interfered with Harry Reid’s latest moneymaking… Read more »

Gonna be interesting times, that’s for sure. Not sure when the first shot will be fired, and up until a few days ago, I’d have bet on either the intermountain West, or the Southeast. Now, with both New York and Connecticut gun owner telling their state gov’ts to “Suck It!” I’m not so sure where it will be. But since… Read more »

Tallulah
Tallulah

This is some information I found that a private citizen (heck, is anyone allowed to be PRIVATE any more?) about New York City’s handgun laws. This is what he submitted to in order to get a pistol license. (Note that in practice, you end up paying about five large for the “privilege.”) Read the whole thing. Know that this is… Read more »

Emperor Misha I
Emperor Misha I

Seems to me that a lot of hassle and government expense could be saved by just buying the gun and then shooting the first government fuck in the face who challenged your right to own it.

Rinse, lather and repeat as necessary.

The Founding Fathers wept.

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

Emperor Misha I @ #: Seems to me that a lot of hassle and government expense could be saved by just buying the gun and then shooting the first government fuck in the face who challenged your right to own it. I think a number of radio and TV people are beginning to realize things have reached the breaking point… Read more »

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.

LC Xystus says: Happens to be my LEO bro’s birthday. I mention him because we’ve talked of attending June’s Rott Fest–& he’s considered becoming a Texan. Excellent choice. See you there. Tallulah @ # 5: Will do. LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E. says: Aren’t we all. LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E. recently posted..Blood Was Inevitable Indeed. That’s why… Read more »

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

LC cmblake6, Imperial Black Ops Technician @ #: That’s why I’m saving my ammo. I feel bad not getting any more range time than I do, but my stocks are lower than I’d like. I just got 1K rounds .45 and 1K rounds of 9MM in the last month. Seemed like a good price too. Ordered online and it was… Read more »

Emperor Misha I
Emperor Misha I

LC cmblake6, Imperial Black Ops Technician says:

Excellent choice. See you there.

It’s gonna be crowded, eh? Good. I loves a crowd. See you all there. 🙂