2011 April 19

…an April morning…

Here Once The Embattled Farmers Stood,

And fired the shot heard round the world…

April 19, 1775

What made the farmers fight in 1775? Judge Millen Chamberlain in 1842, when he was twenty-one, interviewed Captain Preston, a ninety-year-old veteran of the Concord fight: “Did you take up arms against intolerable oppression?” he asked.

“Oppression?” replied the old man. “I didn’t feel them.”

“What, were you not oppressed by the Stamp Act?”

“I never saw one of those stamps. I certainly never paid a penny for one of them.”

“Well, what then about the tea tax?”

“I never drank a drop of the stuff; the boys threw it all overboard.”

“Then I suppose you had been reading Harington or Sidney and Locke about the eternal principles of liberty?”

“Never heard of ’em. We read only the Bible, the Catechism, Watts’ Psalms and Hymns, and the Amanac.”

“Well, then, what was the matter? And what did you mean in going to the fight?”

“Young man, what we meant in going for those redcoats was this: we always had governed ourselves, and we always meant to. They didn’t mean we should.

April 19th, 1775 ~ Patriots’ Day

Hour by Hour ~ Details of the Day

The Old North Church ~ Paul Revere’s Ride

Hancock-Clarke House ~ Hartwell Tavern ~ Buckman Tavern

Two If By Sea ~ The King’s Own

Lexington Battle Green ~ An Eyewitness Account

Battle at Concord’s North Bridge ~ Battle Road

Meriam’s Corner ~ Parker’s Revenge ~ Munroe Tavern

Blogging the Redcoats ~ Blogging the Revolution

Mapping The Rides ~ Mapping The Region ~ Mapping The Revolution

“…for we must Consider that we shall be as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us; so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world…”
John Winthrop, 1630

H/T: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord Hymn; Samuel Eliot Morison, The Oxford History of the American People, (212-213), emphasis added.

17 Responses leave one →
  1. 2011 April 19 9:00 pm

    April 19th is almost over on the East Coast, but I dropped by and wanted to repost this. I think the first post I did two years ago was about April 19th, 1775.

    The odds Americans faced, not just on April 19th, but in many places and in many times were greater than ours. I’m grateful to God for our heritage.

  2. 2011 April 19 9:07 pm
    JustMary permalink

    I am grateful to God as well.

    Thank you for reposting this!

  3. 2011 April 19 9:09 pm
    TLS permalink


  4. 2011 April 19 9:09 pm

    Hey, Mary & TLS!

  5. 2011 April 19 9:13 pm
    TLS permalink

    nice to see you! I love this post. It always amazes me how the answer seemed so simple to those “simple farmers”. There was no pc bs, there was right and wrong.

  6. 2011 April 19 9:18 pm

    Thanks, TLS. It took a long time to research and put this together (I haven’t rechecked the links—hopefully, all or most still work).

  7. 2011 April 19 9:29 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    TLS, yes we seem to have forgotten that fact.

    INC, glad to see you still kicking.

  8. 2011 April 19 9:36 pm

    Thanks, Dr.D. (stubbing my toes would be more like it!).

  9. 2011 April 20 6:21 am
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    INC, Where you bean?

    Great Post.

  10. 2011 April 20 6:22 am
    mulletover permalink

    An INC post………

    Like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

  11. 2011 April 20 6:32 am
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    I have no doubt that if those farmers and other patroits were to come back today, they would weep at what has become of the U.S..

  12. 2011 April 20 6:54 am

    INC ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  13. 2011 April 20 7:00 am
    judyt2009 permalink

    INC — thank you.

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  16. 2011 April 20 7:20 am

    There once was a maiden named INC,
    Her prose are not wasted ink,
    With her we have a philosophical link,
    Wish we could all get together and have a drink,


  17. 2011 April 20 2:27 pm

    Hi, guys! & thanks, RP, mullet, Judy & IP for the kind words & poem (& gift of the gif)!

    (RP—I’ve been trying to survive hope & change/they probably had to beware of family & neighbors who were Tories).

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