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The Revolution Begins -
The Battle of April 19, 1775

In Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Arlington, Cambridge, Somerville, & Charlestown 

By Frank Warren Coburn, Lexington, Mass., (1912)

Order item B566
The book is 202 pages, fully indexed.  The pages of the original books have been scanned and converted to PDF format, viewable with the Adobe Acrobat Reader software program which is included on the disk. Available for $14.95 + $3.99 shipping & packing charge (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional item ordered).

     There have been many histories of the Battle of Lexington-Concord written, some of them excellent to the extent of that part of the encounters to which they were devoted.  But the student of American history needs a more extensive and comprehensive account of the actions of that day the Revolution began.  He needs to be better informed as to the various scenes of carnage that occurred along all of those nearly twenty miles of highway.  Men were slain in Lexington, and in Concord; but there were many others killed and wounded in Lincoln, in Arlington, in Cambridge, and in Somerville.  Nor should we forget the youngest martyr of the day, only fourteen years old, who fell at Charlestown.

   In this book is assembled the most comprehensive account that has ever been presented, and one that desires to be a history of the entire day.  This narrative is based upon official reports, sworn statements, diaries, letters, and the recollections of the men who witnessed and participated in the events; upon accounts of local historians; and in a few cases, upon traditional stories, if deemed authentic and trustworthy.

   In 1775 the greater part of the present town of Arlington was a part of Cambridge, and known as the Menotomy Precinct.  Later it was incorporated as a separate town and called West Cambridge.  Later still its name was changed to Arlington.  Somerville, in that year, was a part of Charlestown.  What remained of Charlestown eventually became a part of Boston, though still retaining its ancient name.  In describing the incidents that happened within the boundaries of each, they are called Arlington, Somerville, and Charlestown.

   Maps and illustrations supplement the text.  

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