From Concord to Cairo: Freedom
By Richard Reeves
BOSTON – As I remember my American history, our revolution began on April 19, 1775, when 700 British regulars, the Redcoats, left here to march west to the small villages of Lexington and Concord to destroy weapons caches they knew were hidden there by American rebels. The British column encountered 80 or so members of the local militia on Lexington Green and routed them, killing eight locals.
The Redcoats reached Concord and found some buried cannon and balls, but most of the rebel weaponry had been hidden again farther away. They marched through the village to the Old North Bridge where they saw perhaps 400 militiamen on a small ridge overlooking the Concord River. The Americans up there began marching down to face the greatest army in the world. I have stood there more than once trying to imagine what those American farmers and merchants, some without guns, were thinking.