Myths and Realities of the American Revolution: The Minutemen on April 19, 1775

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Myths and Realities of the American Revolution: The Minutemen on April 19, 1775
According to the common legend, April 19, 1775, witnessed a band of New England farmers (evidently lacking in military experience, organization,
discipline
or military experience) defeat a large British force using excellent marksmanship and privately-owned hunting implements. The reality is that things were actually somewhat different because the British were not ambushed by the Americans, were not lured into a trap, and basically caused events to explode by simply acting rashly or under directions from feckless leadership.
To commence, we must recognize that the eventual conflict was not something that arose because the Americans were cleverly hiding in the...
The end:
.....dence is clear: the Americans did not ambush the British troops and the British troops did not simply stand out in the open and encourage the provincials to shoot at them. Instead, the British leadership was very poor and reflexive and outside, uncontrollable factors – the heavy, dense brush and that British clearly were uncomfortable and unknowledgeable about the surrounding territory – made things even worse for the red-coats. The Americans, roused to anger, to full advantage of things, but they clearly did not set out to ambush the British and would have preferred to avoid any confrontation at all.
Works Cited
Galvin, J.R. The Minutemen: The First Fight: Myths and Realities of the American Revolution. Washington:
Pergamon-Brassey
, 1989.