1. Lexington and Concord (April 1775)
A. British had plans of cracking down on the growth of the rebellion
1. Were seeking Sam Adams and John Hancock.
2. Also sought American munitions stockade in Concord
B. British troops under command of Gen. Thomas Gage were to move out by boat at night
1. Spies such as Paul Revere were on the lookout.
2. Revere rode warning all to flee
3. April 18 Revere is captured by British troops.
4. Ride is continued by William Dawes and Dr. Joesph Warren
C. April 19 British Troops appear on the green on Lexington to confiscate munitions
1. American Rebels are waiting with guns
2. Ordered to disband-began to do so under fear
3.Shot rang out-both sides started firing
a. 8 Americans killed-10 injured
b. 1 British soldier slightly injured
D. American stockade of 500 pounds of lead is captured-no gun powder is found
E. British leave Lexington for Concord
1. News has spread about the conflict
2. Small units of rebels are waiting along the roadside.
3. From behind walls and trees they shoot (guerilla warfare/hit and run)
4. Casualties: British over 250 killed/ Americans 93
5. Battle was great moral and political victory for the Americans.