Patriots' Day celebrates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord
, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.
1768" (1774), Henry Pelham's "The Fruits of Arbitrary Power, or The Bloody Massacre" (1770), and Amos Doolittle's engravings of the battles of Lexington and Concord
The first shots of the American Revolution are fired in the Battles of Lexington and Concord
, in Massachusetts.
After the Battles of Lexington and Concord
, Massachusetts' pro-British military Governor Thomas Gage wrote to Connecticut Governor Jonathan Trumbull seeking assistance against the patriots.
Nearly eight months before the American War of Independence began with the battles of Lexington and Concord
, 4,622 militiamen from 37 towns of Worcester County marched down Main Street in Worcester, shut down the Crown-controlled county courthouse and, for the first time ever in the American colonies, effectively overthrew British authority.
The battles of Lexington and Concord
took place nine days after the Freetown altercation, and the war that most people in Massachusetts knew was coming had finally broken out into the open.