Lexington And Concord Essay

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Who fired first at Lexington and Concord? In my opinion, it was the British. All major affidavits point in their direction. From John Parker and Simon Winship to Edward Gould (who was indeed part of the British militia!), all of their affidavits state that the British fired first. Although no evidence is for sure, it's pretty clear the British fired first. Considering the ratio of British and American (as to who fired first), the British majorly out number! John Parker's affidavit points to the British firing first. How do I know, you ask? It clearly states in this quote from his affidavit: "I immediately ordered our Militia to disperse, and not to fire:--Immediately said Troops made their appearance and rushed furiously, fired upon, and killed eight of our Party without receiving any Provocation therefor from us." As you've read, the British had fired first, unthreatened by John Parker and his militia. Another affidavit stating the British had indeed fired first was from Simon Winship. His quote clearly states no discharge of arms went off until the word was given by a British officer: "when said Winship observed an Officer at the head of said Troops, flourishing his Sword, and with a Loud Voice, giving the word fire, fire, which was instantly followed by a Discharge of Arms from said regular Troops, and said Winship is positive, and in the most solemn manner declares, that there was no Discharge of arms on either side, till the word fire was given, by the said Officer as above." The last affidavit pointing to the British was their own Edward Thoroton Gould. How could a British soldier say his own militia fired first? Look here at this quote from his affidavit: "We drew up on the Concord side [of] the Bridge, the provincials came down upon us, upon which we engaged and gave the first Fire; This was the first Engagement after the one at Lexington;" There

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