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The Inside Scoop on Lexington & Concord


Atlantis September 3 – “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” was more than a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and oh and how! Raconteur Steve Leonard spellbound the September RCCPBC audience with the behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes surrounding the events of April 18-19, 1775, when the British marched to Lexington and Concord, and skedaddled back to Charlestowne. A few of the juicy tidbits included:

  • Revere never yelled “The British are coming!” but rather, “The Regulars are out!”
  • The “criers” network established by the colonials led to 68 villages and towns being notified overnight to send their militias toward Battle Road
  • The wives sent bandages and food to the skirmish fronts all day while the young boys served as couriers passing the latest news to the incoming militias
  • 8 of the 9 colonials killed at Lexington were shot in the back
  • The bedraggled Redcoat soldiers, who had spent two hours in a cold swamp, marched a day and a half without rest and very little food, wore square-tipped boots, which they put on foot one day and on the other foot the next
  • Colonial rifles were far superior to British muskets
  • Gen. Gage’s American wife was the spy who informed the Americans of the plan to seize arms, ammunition, Adams and Hancock at Lexington and Concord
  • The British suffered 273 losses to the Americans 94
  • And many other riveting anecdotes to humanize this dramatic inauguration of the Revolutionary War and reflect upon the character of this founding generation

The next meeting of the Republican Club of Central Palm Beach County will take place on Thursday, Oct. 1st at the Atlantis Country Club at 6:30 p.m. Our guest will lead a scintillating discussion on the progress of a Convention of States, via Article V of the Constitution, as a pathway to change. Please bring a friend.

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