Patriots day coloring pages for kids

In 1894 the Lexington Historical Society petitioned the Massachusetts State Legislature to proclaim April 19 as “Lexington Day”. Concord countered with “Concord Day”. Governor Frederic T. Greenhalge opted for a compromise: Patriots’ Day. However the biggest battle fought on this day was in the town of Menotomy, now Arlington, Massachusetts. Menotomy was on the Concord Road between Lexington and Concord and Boston . While the fighting was going on in Lexington and Concord, 5,100 militia men arrived in Menotomy from Middlesex and Essex Counties . These men took up positions along the road the British troops would take on their retreat to Boston . They placed themselves in and around houses, stone walls, fields and barns. The bloodiest fighting of the first day of the American Revolution took place inside a single house, the Jason Russell House, in Menotomy . Eleven militia men died in this house fighting British troops trained in bayonet fighting .

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