Papers of the Continental Congress, compiled 1774 – 1789

This document from the National Archives describes the events of April 19, 1775 at Concord Bridge as testified by men of  Lexington, MA before the Continental Congress.  The men, including Abraham Garfield, testified that it was the British who first fired the “Shot heard around the world” and lead to the fighting that day and to the start of the armed rebellion of the Colonist against Great Britain.

Rediscovery #: 25395 12-A1-251 Mass State PapersRediscovery #: 25395 12-A1-251 Mass State Papers

 

For more information on the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the start of the American Revolution you can check out the following links:

Wikipedia:  Battles of Lexington and Concord

Minuteman National Park:  A Revolution begins – A Nation is born

Library of Congress:  Today in History – April 19

 

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