Please, let’s get one thing straight about the men who stood that morning at Lexington Green and Concord against the professional troops of the world’s greatest superpower – They were not rabble bearing pitchforks and scythes, out to upend society as they knew it, like the French peasantry who stormed the Bastille 14 years later.

They were members of militias with a tradition going back 150 years, serving towns self-governed by town meeting since the signing of the Mayflower Compact off Cape Cod in 1620. Most were quite literate and well-versed in political philosophy. In their view, they had rightsas Englishmen, going back to the Magna Carta,that no king or parliament had the authority to override. In a sense, it was the Redcoats headed their way that were the "revolutionaries." The crown had revoked the Massachusetts charter, closed the port of Boston, and was now sending troops to confiscate powder and arms (bear in mind that our Second Amendment was a codified protection of ancient English right, not a grant of one) and arrest certain "ringleaders;" namely John Hancock and Sam Adams.
They were mustered as the result of a first-rate intelligence system (Thank you, Dr. Warren) and a first rate system of notification and alarm, prearranged to go from town to town by messengers on horseback (Thank you, Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott) along with church bells, bugles, bonfires, and anything else that could summon a man with a musket.
And they drove the Redcoats back… all the way back to Boston. By the next morning, 15,000 militiamen laid siege to Boston itself, and the labor pangs of a new nation had begun – a new nation birthed by men who had far more respect for their traditions and culture than many of us seem to have today.
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