We Killed The Government Gun-Grabbers

Posted April 19th, 2021 by Iron Mike

This is a day in American History that few Democrats have ever understood.

This humble blogger has walked the battlefields….   Standing on the Battle Green in Lexington Center,  I can still smell the blood.

Battles of Lexington,  Concord,  and the Battle Road:

The night raid by 700 British troops to seize cannon and munitions in Concord,  – and maybe arrest rebel ringleaders,  – was actually the second attempt by General Thomas Gage to deal with being potentially outgunned in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

The Battle of Marblehead & Salem:

Gage had previously attempted to seize colonial cannons in Marblehead and Salem by launching a suprise amphibious landing in Marblehead on Sunday morning,  27 February 1775. 

Gage assumed all the Colonials would be in Church and his 240 troops under Colonel Alexander Leslie could land unobserved – and control the town.

He totally underestimated the Colonial intelligence network,  – and the speed of horses.  Marblehead knew the raid was coming,  – and where the British would land.

The entire town had retreated across the Salem River (far wider and deeper then than today) and were waiting with their cannons pointed at the British as they came to the river, – having gone through the empty town – finding nothing.

The Brits were now in a bad place – the town behind them obscured the view of the action from the fleet.  They were on their own – outnumbered – and facing cannon.

The local preacher intervened,  – secured a truce allowing the British to withdraw to their longboats and row out to their waiting ships,  – without being shot by the Colonials.  The townspeople did follow the soldiers and mocked them back to the water’s edge.

Both sides learned the WRONG Lessons: 

The British ‘learned’ that the Colonials wouldn’t shoot them. 

The Colonials ‘learned’ that the British Soldiers wouldn’t really shoot British subjects.

Wednesday morning,  April 19th – just 51 days later,  – both sides shed blood to learn the TRUTH.

The British essentially looked down upon – or outright despised – the Colonials,  – and were quite willing to shoot and bayonet them.

The Colonials finally came to realize they were considered 2nd class subjects,  – NOT really British citizens, – and that to achieve Freedom would mean winning a shooting war.

Events had moved beyond the ability of either side to sit and talk.   3,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean and politics back in London were as much against General Gage as were the Colonial Minuteman Companies who ruled the countryside outside of Boston.

The British Parliament had decided that the British Army in the Colonies was there to protect the interests of the King and the Merchant Class,  – and had thus denied them artillery units.

The collections of cannon being assembled up and down the East Coast represented the “weapons of Mass Destruction” of 1775.   Thus the raids to Marblehead and Concord.

The “Battle of Lexington” was over before the smoke had cleared.  Most of Captain Parker’s Company fled after firing one poorly aimed shot. The Killer Instinct wasn’t in them yet.

Surprise lost,  LtCol Smith hurried on to Concord, – anxious to get back to the safety of Boston before dark.

What he didn’t fully understand that morning was that militia and minutemen companies were gathering nervously in Concord,  and news of bayonetted Colonials on Lexington Green was making them both scared and angry.

A distinction worth noting:

Under existing Colonial Law,  Militia Companies were “well regulated” – and each man had upon enlistment sworn an OATH to the Crown.  Even as events were proving that the King’s soldiers would shoot them,  – many militiamen were conflicted about violating their oaths…

By contrast,  Minutemen Companies were essentially loyal only to each other,  – out of village identity,  family relationships,  and friendships.  They didn’t feel any loyalty to a king who was ignoring their basic needs. 

It would be the Isaac Davis Minuteman Company – 27 men from Acton,  – who would lead the counter-attack across the Old North Bridge.

A Most Unlikely Hero – Captain Isaac Davis:

Davis was a 30-year old farmer, blacksmith, tinkerer, and toolmaker in Acton.

He knew nothing about warfare,  so he educated himself.  He rode into Boston and spent days watching the British troops drilling on the Boston Green.

Returning to Acton he made his men bayonets,  and began drilling them during their evening meetings in how to use them.  This led to him and his men enduring a level of mockery,  – since no other Colonial unit was doing anything like this.

Ridicule or mockery did not deter Davis.  He drilled his men until he felt they were as good as the British Regulars he’d watched in Boston.

On this morning 245 years ago – he marched his troops to the prearranged meeting site – the high ground northwest,  – overlooking the obvious choke point – the Old North Bridge across the Concord River.

As events developed – the British company south of the river were looking for cannons – and were observing the gathering force across the water,  and noting in particular that one company marched like regulars – and had bayonets.

Because they had those bayonets the Acton Company was chosen to lead the attack,  – and Davis was killed outright.

But the sight of Colonials attacking in close order with leveled bayonets started the panic in the British ranks, who began to retreat, – and it became a rout.

And that Rout gave birth to our Young Republic! 

Strung out along what is today called The Battle Road,  British units were acting at squad level, – officers having lost control.  The retreat became a rout.

The British retreat under pressure out of Concord was at first almost orderly,  but as the hours clicked by,  Colonial militia and minutemen companies began arriving from miles away – often by the wagon load.

By day’s end the Colonial force – although unorganized – had grown to nearly 4,000 men,  – all good marksmen,  – who picked off nearly a third of the British – killing 73 of them,  and wounding 174. Some 50 British went “missing” – and dying where they were shot – may have ended up as fertilizer.

The world learned that tough British Regulars had retreated in panic from ‘mere Colonials’,  – lost a third of their force,  – and were bottled up in Boston.

On this day – 246 years ago – common ordinary Americans – who still ~ thought ~ of themselves as “British”,  – stood up against the most powerful king anywhere on earth – and proved themselves willing to die for their God-given rights.

This History is no longer being taught in most American public schools.

Students instead are learning about “Man-made Global Warming” and “Systemic Racism”,  – from union teachers who never heard of Crispus Attucks.

You have to be their teachers now – and until our school systems can be purged of socialists,  – you must explain our American History,  World History,  and why this day was a turning point for the whole world. 

Have a little fun today!  Forward this blog entry to your favorite Democrat politician;  – they need the History Lesson! 

4 Responses to “We Killed The Government Gun-Grabbers”

  1. Ben

    The young men and women of today should be reading the history of the United States instead of all the isms . We need to bring our history back. I don’t understand our citizens. Do they not see why people are leaving the countries where they were born and yet they want to live like they did. Yet we give them money so they don’t work. Somebody help me understand.

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    Hard times and tyrants produce strong men, – while the weak and unfit die off….

    Strong men fight for Freedom, and work hard to produce surpluses.

    Surpluses produce good times….

    Good times produce weaklings who can live in safety because of the strong men protecting them.

    The weaklings grow jealous, even as they breed more weaklings….

    The weaklings clamor for the riches produced by the strong, – and condemn the strong for being strong….

    The third generation of weaklings become international communists, – and they eventually produce tyrants.

  2. Varvara

    Well done Mike. I did the walk from Acton to the bridge with my cub scout troop. That was 7 miles and those boys understood the meaning of the walk. That’s the year the helicopter flew in the President.

    I don’t see many scouts these days.

  3. Sue Ettwein

    Excellent lesson, Mike. Thank you. I think we could all use a refresher lesson every year.

  4. Panther 6

    Amen to this one. We need to get serious and really teach our young our history before it is too late.