Vintage print depicting the Battle of Lexington on April 19 1775 - the first military engagement of the American Revolution.

Vintage print depicting the Battle of Lexington on April 19 1775 - the first military engagement of the American Revolution. Stock Photo
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BNRYJ6

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6462 x 3301 px | 54.7 x 27.9 cm | 21.5 x 11 inches | 300dpi

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Vintage engraving print depicting the Battle of Lexington on April 19 1775 - the first military engagement of the American Revolution. It depicts a line of "minutemen" in the foreground exchanging fire with oncoming British troops. The battle was a skirmish between regular British soldiers and approximately 77 local minutemen under the command of Captain John Parker at Lexington, a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Several hundred redcoats were on their way from Boston to seize colonists' military stores in the nearby town of Concord when the confrontation occurred. The minutemen militia - so-called because they were "ready at a minute's notice" to repel attackers - confronted them on the green. It remains unclear who fired the first shot but an exchange of gunfire broke out which left eight colonists dead or dying. The British moved on to Concord, where the stores had been removed by the colonists, and another firefight ensued with a larger force of colonists. The soldiers withdrew and made their way back to Boston - continually harried by local militia firing from behind barns, trees and walls. The historic skirmishes claimed the lives of 273 British soldiers and 95 colonists. Print circa 1903 by John H Daniels & Son.

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