We will start our unit on the American Revolution with a lesson on the Battles of Lexington and Concord. These two battles marked the beginning of the revolution and America's fight for independence.
As the British marched north toward the town of Concord they were met on a field outside of Lexington by a group of colonists armed with muskets. The two sides faced one another with each waiting for the other to make a move. Neither side was eager to start a war when the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired.
The Battle at Lexington resulted in multiple casualties for the colonists and also confirmed the worst fears that the American revolutionists were overwhelmingly outmatched in their fight against the British.
As the British continued their march to Concord the word was spread by Paul Revere and others of their impeding arrival. The redcoats searched for the colonists stash of weapons and ammunition but found little as it had been moved. As the search continued the militia had gathered outside of town supported by men from surrounding towns. The forced numbered around 1,000 and it wasn't long until they confronted the British.
The biggest fallout from the Battle of Concord was the boost in morale and belief for the colonists and their cause. They still faced increadible challenges ahead but they had caused the army of the British Empire to retreat.
Lexington and Concord were the first two battles in America's fight for independence and the results of these conflicts gave the colonists belief they could win. Almost a year before the Declaration of Independence was signed these battles unofficially began the Revolutionary War.