Women's Lives in 1775

Women in colonial clothing bearning baskets and cloth bags walk through a wooded landscape
Women were key in the preparations for war in 1775 and their lives were greatly impacted by the fighting on April 19, 1775.

Photo by John Collins

Men and women alike were startled out of bed in Concord, Lincoln, and Lexington early on April 19, 1775. As the alarm spread through the towns, men gathered their guns and congregated with their neighbors and friends to meet the approaching British troops. Many of the stories about this historic day focus on the movements of the Minutemen and the British Red Coats throughout the Massachusetts countryside. Yet, behind the valiant actions of Concord, Lincoln, and Lexington’s Minutemen were the many women and children who watched over the contraband the Regulars searched for, prepared food for their fathers, husbands, and brothers, and waited anxiously to hear whether the British had succeeded and if everyone was safe.


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In 2016 Minute Man NHP hired historian Alyssa Kariofyllis to write a series of papers about the women who lived along what came to be known as the Battle Road in 1775.

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    Last updated: March 30, 2022

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