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3 Strikes in 3 Minutes
« on: April 19, 2019, 02:31:34 PM »
On evening of April 18th, 1775, the GOUVERNER of Massachusetts, General Gage, ordered 700 British soldiers known as REDCOATS under the command of Lt-Col Francis Smith to march to Concord, Ma. Their primary mission was to confiscate or distroy the arms and ammunition owned by the CITIZENS of the town. Their secondary mission was to arrest John Hancock and Sam Adams to be hanged after trial.

Doctor Joseph Warren, upon learning of the mission, called for Paul Revere and William Dawes to spread the alarm to the citizens. William Dawes rode south thru the Roxbury Neck. Revere had the lanterns lit in the Old North Church, crossed the Back Bay by boat to Charlestown and triggered a system of alarm riders, signal fires and church bells developed to warn the countryside.

The Redcoats also crossed the Back Bay later on the night of April 18th and began their march to Concord. At about 5:00 am on the morning of April 19th the REDCOATS lead by a Lt. Jesse Adir entered the town of Lexington, Ma. The townspeople had elected John Parker a farmer to be the Captain of the Lexington Training Band. On a side road to the right of the main Boston - Concord road, Captain Parker and his neighbors waited, standing on their village green in political protest, having been warned by Paul Revere.

Upon seeing the townspeople on the village green, Lt. Adir turned the REDCOAT column to the right confronting Captain Parker’s men, ordering them to laydown their arms and disperse. Greatly outnumbered and not wishing to sacrifice his men, Captain Parker gave the order to go home. As they turned to leave the REDCOATS opened fire with a raged killing volley. And then they charged the townspeople with bayonets. Lt.-Col Smith then arrived at the head of the column to see that his officers had lost complete control as the REDCOATS pursued the townspeople into homes and buildings. He ordered a drummer to play recall and his men broke off pursuit and assembled into ranks. They were allowed to fire a victory volley and give three cheers of HAZZZAAA before they turned to resume the march to Concord, leaving behind eight dead townspeople on the village green.

Isaac Davis was a farmer and blacksmith in Acton, Ma. He had been elected as Captain of the Acton Militia. In the early hours of the morning of April 19th, he walked out his doorway into the darkness. His wife Hanna feared that she would never see him again. He walked with his friends and neighbors across the valleys and fields to a hill outside of Concord Ma. At about 10:30 in the morning Captain Isaac Davis marched his men off that hill and into history. The REDCOATS guarding the North Bridge opened fire on the militia, the Militia returned fire killing most of the REDCOAT Officers at the North Bridge, causing the pride of the British Army to break and run for the town.

At about noon the brigade of REDCOATS under Lt.-Col Francis Smith left Concord and headed east back to Boston. They had flankers out on the sides of the column that came back to the center to cross the bridge just before Meriams Corner. On the hillside at Meriams Corner the Militia lay in wait. They fired early as the REDCOATS cleared the bridge. The REDCOATS charged and the militia stood their ground driving the flankers back to the road. They hit the REDCOATS at Meriams Corner, Brooks Hill, Brooks Tavern, Bloody Angle, Hartwell/Masons, Parker’s Revenge, The Bluff, Fisk Hill and Concord Hill the last hill before the town of Lexington. The Militias numbers had grown to about 2,000. They were chewing hard at the tail of the REDCOATS and hitting them hard at the head in the ambushes. The Redcoats were bloody, battered and out of ammo. All of the officers had been wounded. It seemed that the militia would finish them off on the very Lexington Green that they started from. BOOM!!! Came the blast of a cannon!!!! One thousand reinforcements commanded by General Lord Percy had arrived from Boston.

The REDCOATS columns combined forces to continue east to Boston under an unending RING OF MILITA FIRE that was directed by a farmer from Roxbury named Heath. But for a fluke of luck the REDCOATS would have died with their backs against the water but that was not to be. A quick turn at Kent Lane brought them under the covering guns of a warship in the Back Bay. The Militia held back and the redcoats were evacuated across the water during the dark of night.

The REDCOATS suffered 73 KIA/ 174 WIA/ 26 MIA. The Militia 49 KIA/ 39 WIA/ 5 MIA.

The town of Menotomy, Ma was the scene of some of the bloodiest fighting of the day. One old man by the name of Samuel Whittimore was 80 years old when he took on a brigade of REDCOATS by himself. He killed three before they shot the old man, bayoneted him 14 times and left him for dead. His friends found the old man and took him to a doctor that refused to treat him. “You friend will die, others I may be able to save”. And Samuel Whittimore died............ 18 YEARS LATER AT AGE 98!!!!!!!! Did he wish to die or wish to live??? What did he believe in so strongly?? LIBERTY!!!!!!

And did Hanna Davis ever see her husband again? Yes, she did. When they brought him home for her to bury. On April 19th, 1775, at about 10:30 in the morning, Captain Isaac Davis became the First American Officer killed in the line of duty. And his image is forever immortalized as the MINUTEMAN. The symbol of the MINUTEMAN which we all know so well. ONE HAND ON THE MUSKET AND ONE HAND ON THE PLOW!!! His name is Isaac Davis!!!




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Re: 3 Strikes in 3 Minutes
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2019, 04:26:12 PM »
love it!
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Re: 3 Strikes in 3 Minutes
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2019, 04:38:51 PM »
LOL - the Colonist gave them Redcoats a hell of a whipping.
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Re: 3 Strikes in 3 Minutes
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2019, 08:33:22 PM »
OK, I'll ask ;D

Would this presentation be sufficient to satisfy the requirement of IIT4 PC? Asking for a friend...

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Re: 3 Strikes in 3 Minutes
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2019, 12:58:17 AM »
OK, I'll ask ;D

Would this presentation be sufficient to satisfy the requirement of IIT4 PC? Asking for a friend...

I'm not the ultimate authority or even close but I'm pretty sure the answer is no.

Being so conversant in the strikes that you can summarize them like this when you only have a few minutes at something like a short public "teaser" presentation is one thing but to do the strikes like that at a 'seed is not even close to what they should be.

I did my own version of this when doing a gun safety training class at a boy's school and we had a few minutes of down time.  I spent maybe 5 minutes giving them the gist of how Revere's ride actually went down vs. how people think it happened.  Just enough for a taste and never at a full Appleseed.