Lexington Battle Green, Lexington, MA 02421

Lexington Battle Green

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Lexington Battle Green, Lexington, MA 02421

It was here, where the Battle of Lexington took place, on the morning of April 19, 1775, that “the first blood was spilt in the dispute with Great Britain,” as George Washington wrote in his diary. In the early morning, Captain John Parker, leader of the Lexington militia, lined up his men on the green as the British Regulars were approaching. It has been stated that Capt. Parker called to his men, “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have war, let it begin here!” In this first skirmish, 77 Lexington militia faced British Regulars.

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