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No war had been declared. The Declaration of Independence was a year in the future. He also knew the British had gone on such expeditions before in Massachusetts, found nothing, and marched back to Boston.
The Regulars would march to Concord, find nothing, and return to Boston, tired but empty-handed. He positioned his company carefully. He placed them in parade-ground formation, on Lexington Common. They were in plain sight not hiding behind wallsbut not blocking the road to Concord.
They made a show of political and military determination, but no effort to prevent the march of the Regulars. Major Pitcairn arrived from the rear of the advance force and led his three companies to the left and halted them.
The remaining companies under Colonel Smith lay further down the road toward Boston. Both Parker and Pitcairn ordered their men to hold fire, but a shot was fired from an unknown source.
Doolittle visited the battle sites and interviewed soldiers and witnesses. Contains controversial elements, possibly inaccuracies. Fire from the militia may have occurred but is not depicted. We had a man of the 10th light Infantry wounded, nobody else was hurt.
We then formed on the Common, but with some difficulty, the men were so wild they could hear no orders; we waited a considerable time there, and at length proceeded our way to Concord. The British did suffer one casualty, a slight wound, the particulars of which were corroborated by a deposition made by Corporal John Munroe.
After the first fire of the regulars, I thought, and so stated to Ebenezer Munroe Some observers reported a mounted British officer firing first.
Both sides generally agreed that the initial shot did not come from the men on the ground immediately facing each other. Yet another theory is that the first shot was one fired by the British, that killed Asahel Porter, their prisoner who was running away he had been told to walk away and he would be let go, though he panicked and began to run.
Historian David Hackett Fischer has proposed that there may actually have been multiple near-simultaneous shots. In response the British troops, without orders, fired a devastating volley.
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