Lexington & Concord
The "Battle of Lexington & Concord" was really more of a series of smaller ambushes. The Redcoats were scheduled to travel from Lexington to Concord. When colonists discovered their travel plans, some who were disgruntled with the many tensions between Great Britain and the Colonies decided to take matters into their own hands. These "Minutemen", who were ready to go at a minute's notice, hid and attacked the British Redcoats as they traveled from one city to the next. This greatly hindered the British soldiers' speed and numbers. The shots that killed the first British soldiers in this event were later called the "shots heard round the world" by poet Ralph Waldo Emerson.
In the comments, share your reflection on this poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson. How does it help describe emotions during this period of history? Which revolutionary side does the poem favor?
After viewing the information (video & text) on the History Channel site, summarize the causes and effects of the skirmishes that took place between Lexington and Concord. Share your response in the comments.