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ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY

April 19, 1775

British Troops enter Lexington, Massachusetts and
Fire the First Shots of the American Revolutionary War

On this day in 1775, 700 British Troops commanded by Lieutenant General Thomas Gage entered Lexington, Massachusetts on their way to Concord to seize and destroy munitions stored there by the Massachusetts militia.

Initially the British troops were able to fight their way to Concord but they outnumbered and met heavy resistance at what was known as the the North Bridge forcing them to retreat back to Boston.