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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."

Groton Massachusetts Revolutionary War muster roll. Signed July 9, 1776. Some of the men who signed the roll had fought at Lexington & Concord.

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.

On April 18, 1775 Lexington and Concord took place. The first shot fired was later known as "The shot heard 'round the World"