Posted: 4/19/2021 2:37:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/19/2021 2:39:51 PM EDT by SonofLiberty1775]
Just a reminder that on this day in 1775 a lot of men and boys stepped forward into the annals of history with balls of steel to oppose by force a government effort to confiscate arms.
In the parlance of the day, they turned out "to oppose with manly firmness" the infringement of their God-given rights by an arbitrary and capricious government through a like-minded Governor. Today a phrase like that might be the source of a joke. In 1775 it wasn't.
Some time ago I stumbled across a number of them in Alexandria. Went back and put a flag on every one I could find. Some were easy to spot, others were neglected, overgrown or broken. One Samuel Cooper was born in Mass, died in Alexandria and is credited with fighting at Bunker Hill in June of 1775. It would not be unlikely that he and his neighbors were also involved in the action on the Concord road on April 19, 1775.
God Bless them all!