Why We Fought at Lexington and Concord and We're Still in the Battle
by Pamela J. Adams
This month we celebrate both the beginning and the end of the Revolutionary War. Yet even today we still struggle with political and social issues that mirror the circumstances that led to the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. Those events did not just start a war, they spotlighted the need for the liberties described in the Bill of Rights. We are at a fork in the road. We can either learn from the events that began this country and return her to her founding principles, or we can continue the progressive path of destroying the Constitution and the republic.
When the British headed out that fateful night of April 18, 1775, they had two missions.
1. Capture revolutionary leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock in Lexington
2. Confiscate and destroy the Patriots’ guns, powder and other munitions in Concord.
Fortunately, spies and colonial sympathizers alerted the Patriots to the British’s plans. Once it was discovered that the troops would travel over the river, Paul Revere and William Dawes took off from Boston towards Lexington by different routes to alert the militiamen that “the British are coming.” A third rider, Wentworth Cheswell, a free black man, rode north to alert the militiamen in that direction.
Revere and Dawes arrived in Lexington and went straight to Reverend Jonas Clark’s house, where Adams and Hancock were staying. After relaying their news, they turned to Clark and asked if his men were ready. He responded, “This is what I have trained them for”.
What liberals try desperately to deny, cover-up and rewrite is at the time, many of the political leaders were also preachers. Inspired by George Whitefield, the pastors preached religious liberty and freedom hand in hand with the scriptures. These pastors, known as the Black Robe Regiment, were responsible for instilling the desire to worship as they saw fit instead of being force to follow King George’s commandments.
When the militiamen assembled on the Lexington Green, ready to meet the British as they entered town, a good portion of the men were from Clark’s own congregation. No one knows who fired the first shot, but after it was over, eight of Clark’s parishioners were dead, nine were wounded and one British soldier was injured. Even though they had to retreat, the stand by Clark and his men protected Adams and Hancock from capture and probable execution.
On their way to warn Concord, Revere was captured and Dawes lost his horse. Samuel Prescott, a fellow Patriot, completed the ride and notified the militiamen. Fortunately, word had been sent early enough that much of the munitions were already relocated. Once the British arrived, though, they began entering homes, searching for guns and ammunition and seizing whatever supplies they desired. As ordered, they took the confiscated items and began to burn them.
As the fire grew, it threatened to swell out of control. Fearing for their town, the militiamen took action. Confronting the British troops guarding the North Bridge, the British opened fire. The Patriots responded in kind, killing over 100 soldiers and wounding several officers. The British then retreated, having been outdone by the colonists.
As the British troops traveled back to Boston, many of Clark’s congregants, as well as other Patriots, stood along the route in a silent protest. They quietly told the soldiers they would not relent. Freedom was to be theirs.
Though neither Adams nor Hancock attended the Constitutional Convention, both had signed the Declaration of Independence and the events of that day were well known. Orders such as those given to those British soldiers were the exact motivation and purpose for the Bill of Rights.
The British did not like Adams and Hancock assembling the people and petitioning the government regarding grievances. Pastors had also educated the colonists on the necessity for religious freedom. That is why so many of the pastors and churchgoers were willing to pick up arms against the British troops.
Result - Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Though they wanted Adams and Hancock, the British’s most important mission that day was to confiscate the colonist’s firearms and ammunition. They knew the colonists could not fight the crown if they were not armed.
Result - Amendment II: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
When the British reached Concord, nothing stopped them from entering any home, business, or building looking for and confiscating whatever they desired. The Founders realized the people would have no privacy, no real freedom, unless the government was specifically prevented from doing this.
Result - Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Somewhere, America, we lost our way. We forgot, or were never taught, our history.
College students whine about safe spaces and hurt feelings, not wanting to hear any speech that might offend them. Liberals demand gun control claiming those firearms aren’t needed to hunt. Christians are constantly under attack, being forced to bake same-sex wedding cakes and allow transgender bathrooms, while our leaders usually fold at any little pushback from the LGBT community. Government convinced Americans we needed to concede a few freedoms, such as electronic data gathering, in the name of safety. Then the Deep State manipulated the system, using their new powers to try to prevent President Donald Trump from obtaining office and then to try remove the duly elected president and overturn the will of the people. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
During this COVID-19 pandemic, progressives are once again not letting a crisis go to waste. Governors have shut down people's ability to assemble, including shutting down churches and their right for freedom of religion. Media mocks those who question the massive overreach of state governments and whether the crisis has been overblown, desperately attempting to stifle their free speech after first giving endless reports that is was no worse than the seasonal flu. The White House Press Corps voted to resend the press pass from conservative OANN journalist, Chanel Rion, as CNN refuses to air President Trump's portion of the daily briefings, spitting in the face of freedom of the press. Some officials have used the pandemic to close gun stores and prevent the sale of firearms, claiming they don't need them at this time. Others are entering businesses and private homes to seize supplies people have gathered to sell at gouged prices. However, authorities are also threatening to confiscate food and items responsible citizens have obtained over the years in preparation for just such a time, claiming they are hoarding.
We are no different than the colonies in 1775. Those in power view the citizens as imbeciles, believing they are too stupid to know what is good for them. They are only good as government plantation slaves and for paying taxes. The British, in the form of modern progressives, are in Boston again and are marching on Lexington and Concord with COVID-19 as their shot heard 'round the world. While we can all agree the virus is real, relevant and important questions exist about how some local and state governments are handling and using the crisis for their own agenda, pushing through policies they have failed to achieve on their own. As these abuses are exposed we must ask ourselves, are we going to meet the Red Coats on the Green and fight for our rights, or are we ready to just give in to their power grab because of virus fears? Are we going to be Patriots and stand for our faith and freedoms, or are we willing to let those founding Patriots’ lives be in vain because we are scared and want to feel safe?
John Adams wrote to his wife: "But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever." Our actions right now are as vital and significant as those taken 245 years ago this April 19th. We won the Revolution because of the principles later written in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It is the only path to liberty and freedom. History has brought us back to that point and we have a choice to make: freedom or safety. I just pray there are enough Patriots left to choose the former.
But that’s just my 2 cents.
About the Author
Pamela J. Adams was a high school math teacher in an inner city school system but her passion is research and history. Pam has authored several genealogy books along with compilations of her historical blogs, Liberating Letters, which she maintains at her website TheFactsPaper.com. You can find more details about her books on her Amazon Page.
You can follow her current blogs at her Liberating Letters Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon accounts. Her desire is to provide a tool for teachers, parents, grandparents, and citizens to preserve and pass on America's rich history to students, family, and all people who love freedom and liberty. Pamela was also a contributing writer to Constitution.com before joining Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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