Patriots' Day

Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m. - The Minute Men: Neighbors in Arms

Though most famous for their role in the events of April 19, 1775, the minute men and militia of Massachusetts were part of a long tradition dating back to the earliest days of the colony! In this video, featuring new reenactment footage, watch colonial reenactors as they demonstrate how these citizen soldiers of 1775 prepared for the looming conflict. Far from being a “rag-tag” bunch of farmers, see the minute men were armed and equipped, and how they trained.

1:00 p.m. - The British Light Infantry

On April 19, 1775 the British soldiers fought their way nearly 20 miles from Concord back to Boston through swarms of rebel reinforcements. The popular image of this fight is of militiamen behind cover picking off British soldiers at will who remained in the open and were easy targets. Was the British soldier really that poorly suited to this “irregular” style of warfare? In this video learn about the adoption into the army of specially trained and equipped soldiers called “light infantry.” Watch a group of British reenactors as they demonstrate real light infantry tactics from the period, and discover what the fighting was really like on the April 19th Battle Road!

3:00 p.m. - Caught in the Storm of War: Civilian Stories from April 19, 1775

In this video Park Ranger Jim Hollister talks with historian, blogger and author Alexander Cain (Historical Nerdery) about the various accounts of civilian evacuations and aftermath as the fighting raged along the Battle Road.

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