Lexington and Concord

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Jennifer Mezzetti
Source 1: Map of the events of April 18-19, 1775
1. Which rider makes it through South Bridge to warn the colonists in Concord that the British are coming? Prescott makes it through South Bridge to warn the colonists. 2. Which towns does the British army go through after they leave Boston? The town they went through after they left Boston were Concord. 3. Evaluate the British route. How do they make it to the mainland from Boston? They travel west through Cambridge first, then they pass over Arlington and they get stopped at the battle of Lexington, and then go through Concord and end up Barrett’s Farm. Do they enter by land or by sea? Explain your answer using geographic landmarks. They enter by land and by sea. 4. Why do you think that the Sons of Liberty arranged to have 3 riders warn that the British were advancing? The sons of liberty picked three different riders because they figured that the British would send troops to attack at least one, so there would still be others. Source 2: John Parker’s Affidavit

1. According to John Parker, what were his orders to his colonial troops if they were approached by British troops? What were his orders once the troops approached? Explain in your own words. That John Packer ordered them to disperse and not to fire. First they were ordered to get into a formation but stand down and wait for orders. 2. What does Parker say the British troops did when they approached his militia? Parker ordered his militia to disperse, not to fire. 3. How credible is John Parker’s testimony? Very credible because he testified and declared that on the 19th instant in the morning at 1:00 being informed that there were a number of regular officers riding up and down the road stopping and insulting people as they pass by. Source 3: Edward Gould’s Affidavit

1. What does Lieutenant Gould testify as to who fired first at Lexington? He says he cannot say. 2. What does he say about who fired...
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