by Simon Black
Just after sunrise on April 19, 1775, a large contingent of British military troops arrived to the town of Lexington, Massachusetts.
They were under orders to search for and confiscate all weapons and munitions from the colonials– something the British army had done countless times before.
In many ways it was a routine operation. And yet, that morning, roughly 80 local militiamen stood blocking their path.
Paul Revere had ridden through Lexington only hours before to warn residents of the approaching threat.