The haughty British redcoats marched out of Boston on April 19, 1775, with intents to “crush evils in their infancy,” rather than let the revolutionary American fervor spread. Their objective was an arms cache just 20 miles distant. The soldiers were supposed to be the cream of the British army, 800 light infantrymen and grenadiers.

The mission grew ominous as the soldiers heard bells ringing in the pre-dawn hours, announcing their approach. By the end of the day, they had suffered 65 killed and 207 wounded, and the column had returned to Boston in defeat.


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