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A small, scholarly work about many fascinating details the author uncovered which dispel the popular myth the colonials who attached the British on their march from Concord and Lexington The minute men, and the militia they were drawn from, were well organized, well equipped and well trained In fact, they continued to drill once or twice a week, even in winter In barns and kitchens if necessary with the main emphasis on markmanship In fact, research shows, they practiced shooting farA small, scholarly work about many fascinating details the author uncovered which dispel the popular myth the colonials who attached the British on their march from Concord and Lexington The minute men, and the militia they were drawn from, were well organized, well equipped and well trained In fact, they continued to drill once or twice a week, even in winter In barns and kitchens if necessary with the main emphasis on markmanship In fact, research shows, they practiced shooting faroften than the British regulars did They were part of a 400 year tradition that developed to defend their towns and farms from Indian raids and during the French and Indian War The removal if the Indian threat further west and the end of the French and Indian war did not disband the volunteer militia, who continued to evolve and train over the next couple of decades Their experiences let to a sense of larger community and interdependancy between the towns of Massachusetts and between colonies as well The reason the colonials could muster upwards of 10000 men to the area of fighting by the end of April 19th was due to the organization, communication system and eagerness to fulfill their duty After April 19th, these units were reorganized over the next weeks into the Provincial army of Massachusetts.Another nice point of the book, is the constant emphasis on the individuals on both side, most whom we have heard of because no one has done the detail research into the events and those involved Most memorable to me were the old men who fought the British, some of whom couldn t even walk well Detailed history of the start of the revolutionary war and the battles of Concord and Lexington Starts with a history of the devlopment of the minutemen and how it was a natural outgrowth given the nature of the New World development Argues that the minutemen were well trained and equipped despite what the subsequent mythology said. The myth is that the American War of Independence was started when a horrible band of trained British Regulars marched out and bullied some American Militia at Lexington and Concord On the spot, American decided to stand up to British tyranny and the war was on This book goes to show that the real story is of a carefully laid trap Far from seeking a peaceful solution up until the last dastardly act by the crown, the Mass Patriots had been spoiling for a fight and changing the nature and eff The myth is that the American War of Independence was started when a horrible band of trained British Regulars marched out and bullied some American Militia at Lexington and Concord On the spot, American decided to stand up to British tyranny and the war was on This book goes to show that the real story is of a carefully laid trap Far from seeking a peaceful solution up until the last dastardly act by the crown, the Mass Patriots had been spoiling for a fight and changing the nature and efficiency of their Militias in order to create a militia that could take on the British The author traces the whole history of the Militia of New England back from the beginnings of the colony, showing that the Minuteman concept develop as an subgroup and then an adjunct group Interestingly the author never questions the pattern of a small group of people who sought confrontation with England driving out their loyalist neighbours by the worst mob rule means all gleefully noted in the narrative , the purging of the majority of the officers in the Militia for their Tory views, and the spreading of largely fictional anti British propaganda All is chronicled through an American Triumphalist tone A good read fine for Military enthusiasts or history buffs the detail may get too much for lighter readers And a few will see the chilling implications for our national creation myth. An extremely detailed account of the march of the British army from Boston to Lexington and Concord and back to Boston The geography and timelines are carefully noted While I would like to see an English version of the events, I found this book a credible account of the events If you want detailed history which makes itinteresting for me I would recommend this book I might add that I am not a military expert so my opinion of the book should be tempered by this fact. An excellent overview of the military history of the minute men The detail of their involvement in the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, is outstanding. Read this in advance of taking the kids to Lexington Concord for the Patriots Day weekend Very good overview of the development of the Minute Man system and how it differed from the militia and an excellent narrative history of the April 19 battles. |READ DOWNLOAD ☿ The Minute Men: The First Fight: Myths and Realities of the American Revolution ♟ The concept of the farmer and shopkeeper pulling rifles off pegs on the wall to fight the British has been the typical image of the American minuteman The fact that he may have had military training and drilled and that April ,was not his first battle usually goes unmentioned Winner of the American Revolution Round Table Award, The Minute Men will be of keen interest to those curious about the true history of some of America s first soldiers I rate this book a 4.5, a great book it just needs a fewgood maps to solidify a clear understanding of the very well written, detailed account. This book and David Hackett Fischer s book, Paul Revere s Ride, compliment one another nicely Very good read.