The shot heard ’round the world


Concord and Lexington argue over which town can claim the first shot of the American Revolution. Lexington is where some shots first took place as the British moved out of Boston to look for guns hidden in Concord, but Concord's North Bridge is where the more organized and successful resistance to the British gathered early on April 19th, 1775. Several colonian "Minutemen" and British soldiers were killed in this skirmish.

Tomorrow they will reenact that historic battle.

"The Shot Heard Round the World" is a line from Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Concord Hymn" about the battle at the North Bridge, a song / poem he wrote in 1827 to commemorate the event.

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled;
Here once the embattled farmers stood;
And fired the shot heard round the world.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps,
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream that seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We place with joy a votive stone,
That memory may their deeds redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
O Thou who made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free, —
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raised to them and Thee.

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