Opening Clashes at Lexington

This picture is a current depiction of John Parker's Minutemen clashing with the British on Lexington Green. Paintings of this dramatic event have changed from the time of the battle until now. When first represented the Lexington Militia was generally depicted as fleeing, not one man shooting back. Over time Massachusetts citizens became increasingly proud of their ancestors, and the the pictures representing the battle changed. More and more the Militia were represented as men holding thier ground and firing back at the British. Although it is known that no British soldiers were killed at Lexington Green, Major Pitcairn's horse was shot twice, and one British soldier's shoulder was shot, so it is known that Parker's men did return fire. But it is unlikely that they held their ground for long.

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