Battle of Lexington and Concord - These battles were the first of the Revoltionary War. The British went to Lexington and Concord to destroy the militia's supplies. More than 4,000 minutemen came to fiight 700 British soldiers. They lined the road from Lexington and Concord and fired at them constantly. Only the arrival of more British saved the other British soldiers. This was later called the "shot heard round the world."
Minutemen were a small hand-picked elite force which were required to be highly mobile and able to assemble quickly. Minutemen were selected from militia muster rolls by their commanding officers. Typically 25 years of age or younger, they were chosen for their enthusiasm, reliability, and physical strength.