Lexington And Concord: The American Civil War

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Men will always fight to defend their property and their independence. This was evident in the Battle of Lexington and Concord which was the first battle of the Revolutionary War and one of the first steps towards America’s independence. This battle was fought between the sophisticated British Army also known as the Redcoats and local colonist men also known as minutemen. The colonies were overmatched in size and equipment however that did not stop them from fighting for their weapons and most importantly their rights.
The level of resentment between the 13 Colonies and the British was enough to spark a revolutionary war and it did. The outrage over taxation without representation was only intensified when the town of Concord got word that
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Higginbotham (2015), claims that British losses came to 73 killed, 174 wounded, and 26 missing, while American casualties in all categories totaled 93, (Higginbotham, 2015). The colonists remained to besiege the enemy in Boston. The Newport Mercury described the day’s events as the beginning of “the American Civil War, which will hereafter fill an important page in History,” (Higginbotham 2009). The Battle of Lexington and Concord helped forge the Colonists’ way towards their future independence from Britain. The minutemen won battles that helped pave new roads which a united army would be created from, the 13 Colonies that would defend their rights and freedoms. The Continental Congress created the Continental Army by commissioning officers in leadership positions, holding committees to establish regulations that would govern the officers and the army and enforce policies set forth by the Continental Congress. They elected General George Washington, as the commander in chief of the Continental Army. “Along with electing General George Washington, congress also appointed four major generals, eight brigadiers to serve under Washington, set up a series of staff officers closely resembling those of the British Army, prescribed a pay scale…show more content…
On July 4, 1776 the declaration of Independence was birthed from the undisputed vote of the delegates of 12 colonies, with the exclusion of New York. The declaration of Independence is a document proclaiming the independence of the 13 colonies in America, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, (Funk and Wagnalls, 2016). The Colonies declaring their independence from an imperial country who sought to take their freedoms and tax their property and crops, is just one moment in history where people join together to form powerful organizations to stand up for their rights. The Continental Army put forth the stepping stones for future leaders to mold and build a stronger American Army. The Army would embody war tactics from lessons learned, value traditions engraved from the great legacy of leaders, and most importantly developed into one of the strongest military power of the 21st century. The United States Army is now seen as the world police because of our military strength, our values and our fundamental belief that all people, property and human rights must be respected. And treated equally. This is a belief that was rooted in the Battle of Lexington where local citizens realized that all men were created equal and should be treated with fairness in regards to their land and income. Today it is still evident in the United
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