Hasty Pudding

April 19, 2005

When did the American Revolution begin?

The political contest became a shooting war on April 18-19, 1775.

Where did the fighting begin?

Lexington and Concord

Who won?

The British won the early skirmishes, the Patriots won the day.

Who fought?

The British had sent the elite companies - light infantry and grenadiers of the force occupying Boston on a quest to seize powder that the shadow government had stored at Concord. They were met by the minutemen.

What is a minuteman?

A militia man who obeys the orders of the shadow government organized around the committees of correspondence and the Continental Congress, not the Governor or the official instruments of government.

What happened the next day?

On April 19, 1775 the militia/minutemen from all over Eastern Massachusetts had converged on Boston and beseiged it. Estimates range as high as 20,000 men in arms surrounding the city, "as thick as hasty pudding."

Mind the music / Watch the step / And with the girls be handy!

Posted by Red Ted at April 19, 2005 07:38 AM | TrackBack