The Battle of Lexington, 19 April 1775

William Barns Wollen

The Battle of Lexington, 19 April 1775
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

The Battle of Lexington, 19 April 1775.

Oil on canvas by William Barns Wollen (1857-1936), 1910.

This was the first engagement between British and American troops in the American War of Independence (1775-1783). While marching from Boston to seize military stores at Concord, Massachusetts, a British force encountered a group of ‘minute men’ (militia-men who had undertaken to turn out at a minute’s notice) gathered on the green at Lexington. After a brief skirmish, with few casualties on either side, the Americans withdrew and the British went on.

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