The battle of lexington

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The Battle of Lexington

The Battle of Lexington was the most important battle of the revolutionary war. The British army had been sent to Boston as a result of the Boston Tea Party. The redcoats had been there for a couple of years prior to the French and Indian war.

The colonists were storing their ammunition at Concord and in other places in the colony as well. They were also storing cannons, gunpowder, and other military supplies. General Gage was the governor of Boston at the time. He was going to send about seven hundred troops to Concord to get the ammunition so the militia would not be able to use it.

The colonists needed a way to be alert if the British redcoats were coming so they thought up a plan to put one lantern on a church steeple if the British were coming by land and two if by sea.

Paul Revere and William Dawes were the two riders sent out to warn the minutemen. Later on in Lexington a man by the name of Samuel Prescott joined them. Paul Revere was captured soon after and William Dawes ended up going on a different route so he could not get to Concord. Luckily Prescott was not captured and went on to Concord to warn the minutemen.

The man who led the militia at Lexington Green was Captain Jonas Parker. He led only seventy-seven minutemen against the seven hundred British redcoats.

The person who led the British army was Major Pitcairn. He sent for reinforcements when he had noticed the colonial people had expected them. He and his

troops were ferried across the Boston Harbor to start there march to Lexington. Once they got off the boat, the British redcoats had to walk through mud and water knee high...