19th of April, 1775
At about midnight on April 19th, 1775, Boston
silversmith and patriot alarm rider Paul Revere rode into the town of
Lexington, Massachusetts to alert Samuel Adams and John Hancock along with
local Minute and Militia companies along the way, that British Regulars
were on the march to Concord. By 2:00 AM forty-five year old Capt. John
Parker had formed his militia company on the Lexington common,
approximately 130 men, and ordered them to load their muskets.
Unknown to Parker, there were actually some 700 elite British light
infantry and grenadiers on the march to Concord, which would take them
past the town common.
Finally, at about 5:00 AM, word did come back to Parker that the regulars
were close. He ordered the young William Diamond to beat his drum and
assemble the militia. Some 77 men hastily formed on the common facing the
road to Concord in two ranks. As the British light infantry companies came
onto the common at the double quick march, Major Pitcairn rode onto the
common calling on his troops not to fire, but to surround and disarm the
assembled militia, and also ordered the rebels to "Lay down your arms
and disperse". A shot rang out, and the opening volley of the
American Revolution had begun on a New England town green.
Here we see in this exciting new painting by Don Troiani, Captain Parker
with his small company of average citizens, formed to protect their rights
against an overwhelming force.
29 x 24
31 x 25