"Leave Downtown: The Old North Bridge in Concord" Concord Tip by Ewingjr98
Concord, Boston: 5 reviews and 16 photos
On 19 April 1775 around 0500, the American Revolution began when gunshots were exchanged between British Regulars and colonial militia on the Lexington Green. A few hours later the British moved further on to Concord in search of weapons and powder. When the colonists saw a fire near town, they assumed the town was burning and Joseph Hosmer asked "Will you let them burn the town down?" As they approached the North Bridge to enter and defend the town, the British fired upon the colonial ranks and killed captain Abner Hosmer from Acton. With Maj Buittrick's order of "Fire, fellow soldiers, for god's sake, fire!" the militia opened fire, killed three British and forced the Redcoats to flee the bridge. The battle lasted just 2-3 minutes.
Today, the Old North Bridge marks the northern end of the Battle Road Trail and is one of the most visited sites. The stately wooden bridge still stands over the slow-moving Concord River as groups of tourists come and go. In the off season, this is a great place to go to get away...in the summer this is a great place to go to be surrounded by tourists.
At the bridge, you will see the Minute Man Statue, the monument for the battle and the grave of the two British soldiers who were left at the site when the British retreated.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote his famous Concord Hymn that is etched onto the Minuteman statue:
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April?s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
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