Lexington and Concord Essay

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02.05: Lexington and Concord Essay Who fired first at Lexington and Concord? Everybody has their own opinion on who fired first. After hearing all the stories on who fired first I might have an idea on who actually did fired first. I have three pieces of evidence that I heard to support my decision. I heard John Parker’s, Simon Winship’s, and the illustration of the battle of Lexington. Those pieces of evidence show me the British fired first. The first piece of evidence that I heard is John Parker’s affidavit. John Parker the commander of the Militia in Lexington ordered his militia to disperse once he heard the British troops were approaching and told his militia not to fire at them. He also says that eight of his men were killed. The British rushed upon them and open fired without receiving any provoking from the militia in Lexington. Eight men lost their lives on that attack because of the British troops. But there is also another piece of evidence why I think the British army fired first. A second witness of the Battle of Lexington and Concord was Simon Winship. He told us what he experience the day of the battle. Mr. Winship claims that he was riding his horse on the public road of Lexington. He was unarmed and when he was approached by the British troops and ordered to dismount his horse. He was forced to march with them, the troops were told to halt, prime and load their weapons. The troops then marched on until they came into contact with Captain Parker’s militia. He then said that an officer at the head of the British troops, “flourished his sword, and with a loud voice, giving the word fire, which was instantly followed by a discharge of arms from said troops”. Winship accounts that he is positive that there was no discharge of arms from either side until the word fire was given by the said officer. The third piece of evidence that tells me that

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