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  • Anonymous

    While it is important to remember the events of  Lexington & Concord, it is even more important to remember the spirit those men had for the defense of liberty.

    It also wouldn’t hurt us to be reminded that an African American man was wounded defending his country in that battle. One of twelve African Americans who fought that day.

    “Prince Easterbrooks (also referred to as Estabrook) served in nearly
    every major campaign of the war. An undated broadside identifying him
    as ” a Negro Man” lists Easterbrooks among the wounded from Lexington
    “in the late Engagement with His Majesty’s Troops at Concord, &c.”
    Easterbrooks had enlisted in the company of Captain John Parker, the
    first to engage the British at Lexington.”

  • Good history, love it.

    Not to mention, the Brits have officially named George Washington as their “greatest ever foe”. It kind of inspires a bit of pride, lest we forget our roots.

    (Story of Washington being the Brit’s “greatest ever foe”) –

    • Anonymous

      Agreed!  Washington was given a group of farmers and shopkeepers and was told, “All you have to do is turn them into an army, perhaps pay them out of your own pocket, and defeat the most powerful empire in the world.” 
      He lost more battles than he won, and our French allies were crucial to our victory at Yorktown (the majority of the “American” forces at Yorktown were French, and the entire “American” navy at Yorktown was French) — but Washington put together an army that could stand and fight, get beaten, retreat in good order, and come back and fight again.  And he occasionally did something absolutely brilliant, such as his small yet important victories at Trenton and Princeton.  Bravo to Washington! 
      And a fine president as well — one of our very best!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe would-be President Michele Bachman will finally realize that the Battles of Lexington and Concord took place in Mass., not in New Hampshire, as she claimed last year while campaigning in Concord, NH.

  • Paul Revere went on to be commander of the Massachusetts artillery at Castine when the British drove the Massachusetts army and navy up the Penobscot.  Revere ended up being court-martialed but was exonerated.  Oh, well, can’t win ’em all.  I wonder if Longfellow might have worked on some poetry about that episode.  Probably not.  But Longfellow’s grandfather was at Castine, too.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, and the irony is that Gen. Peleg Wadsworth (second-in-command) was one of the people who wanted Revere court-marshaled — then Wadsworth’s grandson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, turned Revere into a larger-than-life hero! 
      The story they tell in Castine is that Revere was late, was lazy, was generally missing when he was needed, expressed a desire to not press the attack, was incompetent in his artillery command, that he disobeyed at least two direct orders, and that he abandoned his troops during the retreat to Boston.  He got off with a slap on the wrist because Governor John Hancock was his friend, and his trial was held after the war’s end — and people just wanted to put it behind them.  
      Besides, Massachusetts had already fixed the blame on Admiral Saltonstall, who was from Connecticut (and as an out-of-stater, easier to blame); and he commanded a federal ship, so by blaming Saltonstall they could blame the federal government and get them to assume the debt that Massachussetts had incurred.  Gen. Lovell was probably equally to blame, or more so, for the disaster, but Lovell was from Massachusetts.  Even back then, people were playing politics.

  • Anonymous

    Also forgotten by many Dr Samuel Prescott  who was the only of the three to actually make it to Concord.  Revere was more of a political activist and organizer than a military man. The ill fated Penobscot Expedition did nothing to enhance his career.   His reputation was greatly rehabilitated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 

  • Anonymous

    The British expedition was to seize ‘military supplies’ (i.e., guns and ammunition) that the Colonials had collected.  Pretty much a BATFE versus Branch Davidians situation, which makes the memorialisation of the Colonials by those who excoriate the Davidians a little droll. Shouldn’t we instead be asking “Why did the Colonials hate their government” in tones of wounded puzzlement?

    •  The difference between hero and terrorist is not what you are fighting for or against. Regardless of right or wrong, good or bad the great men we call the founders were terrorists defying the lawful government with terrorist tactics. The reason we remember them as great men, other than the ideal of freedom is a pretty good idea, is that they won. That is the only difference between history calling you a hero or terrorist, is if you won or lost. After all, the victor is the one who writes the history book.

    • Anonymous

      The Branch Davidians were fighting to hasten the mythical Battle of Armeggedon, the Second Coming, and the End Times.  Their fight was based on a kind of religious zealotry and unquestioning support for their leader, David Koresh, that most Americans would find to be at least somewhat delusional.
      The Patriots at Lexington and Concord were fighting for “the rights of Englishmen,” and as the war progressed, to establish an independent United States of America.  So to me, these are very different causes, and I would not compare the Branch Davidians with the Patriots.   

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