Who Shot First
Primary resources, first-hand accounts, are the tools that historians use to unlock the secrets of the past. During this one hour program, students will tour the North Bridge battlefield with a National Park Ranger who will lead a discussion of what happened there on April 19, 1775, using the landscape and other tangible resources to set the stage. The students will then read excerpts of actual first-hand accounts of the battle, identify key details, and draw conclusions based on these accounts.
The program ends with a brief musket firing demonstration to add yet another layer of reality to their experience and inspire their imaginations.
Behavioral Objectives: Students should be able to
Here are the primary sources used in the "Who Shot First?" program. Shorter versions are used during the program itself. If you have any questions regarding these sources, please call Jim Hollister at (978) 318 - 7832 or e-mail us
For the Provincial side:
Reverend William Emerson (grandfather of Ralph Waldo Emerson)
For the Crown side:
Captain Walter Laurie (in overall command at North Bridge)
Did You Know?
Often considered "ragtag" by the British regular army, the Massachusetts colonial militia was actually very well organized. With a few exceptions, able-bodied men between 16 and 60 years of age were required to serve. They were the main line of defense for the colony for nearly 150 years before the Revolution.