The 19th of April, 1775
In this latest masterwork, Don Troiani has recreated the momentous
scene at Concord Bridge that began the American Revolution and changed the
world. Here the Minutemen lead by Maj. John Buttrick face three
companies of British Light Infantry across the wooden bridge near Concord,
Massachusetts. Acton's Company armed with muskets and bayonets was
in the lead as the British opened fire without warning after being warned
to stop removing planks from the bridge.
Buttrick yelled to his men, "Fire fellow soldiers, for god sake
fire!" The fire of the regulars had killed Capt. Davis and Pvt.
Abner Hosmer and wounded a few others. Drawn up in column in the
roadway before the bridge, the few Americans that could aim without
hitting their neighbor heeded Buttrick's command and returned fire.
As the Americans deployed and more guns were brought to bear, the British
lights withdrew in a panic towards the safety of a column of grenadiers
that had marched out of town to reinforce them. As the Redcoats
evacuated Concord and its environs, they were followed and flanked by a
swarm of angry, buzzing Americans from the nest they had disturbed and
were stung badly on their retreat back into Boston, with some 73 British
officers and men killed, another 174 wounded, and some 26 missing or
captured. April 19th began what would lead to eight years of bloody
conflict that would result in the 1783 Treaty of Paris and creation of a
new nation, the United States of America.
28-3/4 x 18-3/4
25 x 33