His Majesty’s subjects had cannon
Revere and Dawes make it to Lexington and meet with two of the King’s subjects under the threat of arrest for their speech, Samuel Adams and John Hancock. It was decided the force approaching Lexington, 700 British Regulars, was more than an arrest party; the group thought Concord should be warned and Revere, Dawes and a third rider, Prescott, headed down the road to Concord. Without getting far, they ran into a British security patrol; Revere and Dawes were stopped while Prescott evaded and continued on to Concord.
Lexington is where the shot heard round the world was fired; it’s not known who fired the shot, nor does it matter. What happened on 19 April 1775, peasant farmer colonist crazed with notions acting on impulse, set in motion an unknown force. That day 240 years ago didn’t make anything really; it set in motion, like a cannon perhaps, a set of notions and feelings that churned into things we know, like the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
The Dominion had had rebellion before, most notably in the English Civil War (1642-51). Let’s just say that one ended poorly, with both sides bitter, mad and revengeful.
“The shot heard round the world” is a kindling metaphor that still lives, one that is still alive, alive with kindred notions churning their way into words … just like those feelings long ago.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
*Next Heal Union: 8 May and 400 years ~ Elector of Brandenburg, John Sigismund, House of Hohenzollern (same as 1915 Germany) and Representing the Unrepresented.
Posted by Bryan W. Brickner