America's National Battlefield Parks: A Guide by Joseph E. Stevens

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This wildly exaggerated claim was accepted as fact by Major Pitcairn, and he ordered his nervous soldiers to stop and load their muskets. They approached Lexington just as the sun was coming up; from the village they could hear the rattle of a drum, beating out the call to arms. Certain now that a battle was in the offing, Pitcairn commanded the leading companies to fix bayonets and move into town on the run. The road into Lexington forked in front of a two-and-a-half story high meeting-house; one branch angled right toward Bedford, the other left toward Concord.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Tennessee (Civil War) 186 20. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia (Civil War) 192 21. Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina (Civil War) 199 22. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, North Carolina (Revolutionary War) 209 23. Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Alabama (Indian Wars) 216 24. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Georgia (Civil War) 222 25. Kings Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina (Revolutionary War) 227 26.

The Bunker Hill Pavilion offers a dramatic multimedia presentation on the battle. Handicapped Access: Ramps lead up to the monument, but to reach the top visitors must climb 294 eight-inch steps. News of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, fought on April 19, 1775 (see Chapter 3), ignited the spirit of rebellion in the American colonies. All over New England, militia units were hastily raised and sent to Boston, where several thousand Massachusetts minutemen had bottled up a British army commanded by General Thomas Gage.

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