May 19, 2015

British Clueless When They Attacked Massachusetts Colonists

[From article]
Early on the morning of April 19th, about 70 men of Lexington faced the oncoming march of 1200 to 1500 British troops. The small band was determined not to fire first, but to provide what resistance they could.
The British captain yelled, “ye villains, ye rebels, disperse; damn you, disperse!” A shot was fired in the air. A command was given to the British troops “fire! By God, fire!” A cloud of smoke. Eight men were killed, ten wounded. Observers said it was a divine miracle that not more were killed or wounded.
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The British did not know the hornets nest they had kicked.
The British began a hasty and fearful retreat back to Boston as the patriots pursued them with a fury.
By the end of the day the colonial loss totaled 49 killed, 34 wounded and 5 missing. The enemy’s losses in killed, wounded, and missing was about 300.

April 19, 2015
The Lessons of Lexington
By Craig Seibert

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