Remembering the First Shot of the Revolutionary War

Remembering the First Shot of the Revolutionary War

April 19, 2020

April 19, 2020 marks the 245th anniversary of the first shot of the Revolutionary War – later called the “shot heard round the world” by American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson – at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. 

Watch as Tyler Putman, the Museum's Gallery Interpretation Manager, commemorates the anniversary as he discusses Museum objects that were witness to the "shot heard round the world" and reads an account of the encounter at Old North Bridge from Robert Gross's The Minutemen and Their World.

The Shot Heard 'Round the World - April 19, 1775 from AmRevMuseum on Vimeo.

Learn more about the "shot heard round the world" by visiting the Museum’s Virtual Tour to explore the Lexington and Concord Gallery and learn about the artifacts from that day, including:

  • an original beam from the Old North Bridge, on loan from the Concord Museum
  • the gun carried by Captain David Brown, leader of a company of Concord minutemen, as he confronted a British force across the Old North Bridge
  • a British musket a soldier of the 4th (King's Own) Regiment of Foot
  • a mirror from Captain David Brown's house that was damaged by a British soldier on April 19, on loan from the Concord Museum;
  • a powder horn and sword carried by men who stood with Captain Brown to confront the British troops at the bridge, on loan from the Concord Museum.

Plus, check out Read the Revolution book excerpts on the first moments of the Revolutionary War, including Lexington and Concord: The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution by Arthur B. Tourtellot, The Day the American Revolution Began: 19 April 1775 by William H. Hallahan, and American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution by Walter Borneman. 

The Museum is celebrating its third birthday on Sunday, April 19! Sign a digital birthday card and share your favorite Museum memory for a chance to win four tickets to visit when the Museum reopens, and download recipes to learn how to make a celebratory 18th-century “Whisky Cake” or rum shrub cocktail (or mocktail). 

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