British Grave at Meriam's Corner

A stone grave marker for British soldiers sits before a tall stone fence in front of a tree lot.
Grave of British soldiers buried near Meriam's Corner

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This gravestone marks the burial of British soldiers killed at Meriam's corner by Colonial militia on April 19, 1775. These British soldiers were the first to fall during an eight hour running battle from Concord to Boston that afternoon.
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"when I got thair a great many lay dead and the road was bloody."
~ Amos Barrett

In the area of Meriam's Corner a small gravestone marks the approximate location of British soldiers killed on April 19, 1775. These soldiers fell in the opening shots of a 16 mile long running battle back to Boston.

On April 19, 1775 a column of around 700 British soldiers exited Concord Massachusetts and marched back toward Boston along the Bay Road. After bloodshed earlier that morning on the Lexington Green and again at Concord's North Bridge, the threat of conflict loomed large. Near Meriam's corner the British column condensed to cross a small wooden bridge in full view of gathering colonial militia. In a slow methodical order the last companies of British light infantry crossed the bridge when the sudden crackle of musketry cut through the air. Although out of effective musket range the surrounding Colonial forces opened fire and started an eight hour running battle back to Boston.

While the fighting at Meriam's corner lasted only a few minutes, numerous eyewitnesses recounted casualties left in the wake. Rev. Edmund Foster in Captain Brook's company recalled, "… As soon as the British had gained the main road, and passed a small bridge near that corner, they faced about suddenly, and fired a volley of musketry upon us. They overshot; and no one, to my knowledge, was injured by the fire. The fire was immediately returned by the  Americans, and two British soldiers fell dead at a little distance from each other, in the road near the brook."


Years later, in 1858, a local historian recorded a walk near Meriam's Corner with then Governor John Brooks, the same captain of a Reading Minute company in 1775. According to Brooks, the Reading men took position near the Meriam barn and fired "directly at the bridge which was twenty or thirty rods off. As the British army was in great haste to make good its retreat, it fired but one volley in return." The report went on to indicate that nine soldiers were found "hors de combat" near the bridge.


Although the  exact number of casualties taken at Meriam's corner remains a mystery, Amos Barrett of Brown's Company painted a striking description saying  "…when I got thair a great many lay dead and the road was bloody."  Today it is speculated two British soldiers are buried in the proximity of Meriam's Corner and a carved gravestone commemorates the location

Douglas Sabin, April 19, 1775: A Historiographical Study, (Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord, 1987).


Rev. Edmund Foster quoted in Rev. Ezra Ripley, A History of the Fight at Concord, (Allen and Atwell, Concord, 1827), 32-33.


William H. Sumner, A History of East Boston: With Biographical Sketches, (J.E. Tilton and Company, Boston, 1858), 355-356.


Allen French, "An Account by Amos Barrett," in The Concord Fight, (Thomas Todd do.,Boston, 1924), 14.


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Last updated: January 18, 2023