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The First Shots of the Revolutionary War

July 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phineas Upham

The outbreak of war in North America came suddenly on April 19, 1775. The stirrings of a battle occurred in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay. The battle would be fought across two towns, Lexington and Concord, and it was the start of the armed conflict between Great Britain and the thirteen colonies that formed British America.

War had been brewing for some time, but no one had declared it or shown any outward public aggression. Below the surface, political tensions ran hot. Colonists had formed a shadow government and were planning events to revolt against the British. In the wake of the Boston Tea Party, it became clear to the British government that an uprising was in the cards.

The morning of April 19th, as the sun crested over the town of Lexington, the first shots of the American Revolutionary War rang out across the plains. The militia fought bravely, but were outnumbered by the British, who had received reinforcements from the Suffolk Reserves.

The conflict continued intermittently throughout the day, with the outnumbered colonists repeatedly withdrawing only to fire on the British from a different position with greater cover. The British became frustrated fighting these guerilla tactics, and the Americans drove the British into a tactical withdrawal to Charlestown.

Both sides sustained heavy casualties during the fighting, and the British almost lost several high ranking officers in the process. Unfortunately, an absentminded British American man assisted the army in finding their location and aiding in their withdrawal.


About the Author: Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or LinkedIn page.

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