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  1. UnReconstructed
    UnReconstructed April 19, 2012 8:30 am

    about 80 men, mostly farmers, made up the militia that formed up on the Lexington Common. They were facing around 500 regular British troops all spit and polished, bayonets glinting in the early morning sun.

    The words of Captain John Parker, commander of the American militia never fail to choke me up:

    “Stand your ground; don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

  2. Samuel Adams
    Samuel Adams April 19, 2012 8:49 am

    Well, Ed, we are talking about rights here, not needs. No-one “needs” a copy of the New York Times. No-one “needs” a copy of 1984. No-one “needs” a copy of the Koran. But the First Amendment protects the right to keep and read them. Or, Ed, are you planning, after you take away our 33 round magazines, to take away our Bibles and our copies of Algernon Sidney?

  3. Claire
    Claire April 19, 2012 8:57 am

    In comments posted elsewhere but even more appropriate here …

    Ragnar wrote

    FYI, I noticed on Facebook, a place you’d never tread, that today is Radley’s birthday.

    I responded

    Radley’s birthday, hey? I didn’t know. Well, he’s definitely in good company.

    It’s also Happy Birthday time for someone we hereabouts know and … well, not exactly love because how do you love a grubby old one-legged highly attitudinal desert rat? But he did pick an appropriate day to be born.

  4. Claire
    Claire April 19, 2012 9:05 am

    “Stand your ground; don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

    Amen, UnReconstructed. The events of that April 19 are truly amazing. I think it’s time to sit down for a refreshing re-read of David Hackett Fischer’s Paul Revere’s Ride.

    And to raise a glass to those brave, principled militiamen. And Mother Batherick, of course — whether she be real or myth:

  5. M
    M April 19, 2012 12:33 pm

    “We may destroy all the men in America, and we shall still have all we can do to defeat the women.” — British General Lord Cornwallis

    …Today – I say “Shoot Like a Girl…If you can!”

    I’ll be celebrating next weekend by Instructing at an Appleseed!

  6. Chem
    Chem April 19, 2012 4:09 pm

    A good day to celebrate a time when we could change the mind of a lord.

    Lord Percy left Boston claiming we were a rabble who would be subdued by a handful of regulars with bayonets. He returned to write “There are men among them that know very much what they are about.”

  7. leonard
    leonard April 19, 2012 8:05 pm

    The spirit of April 19th, today and always. Well written.

  8. Michelle
    Michelle April 20, 2012 7:26 am

    April 19 1775
    Amen Claire!…Mark Baker mentioned a book called April Morning about that fateful day. I think I’ll read it.

  9. bumperwack
    bumperwack April 20, 2012 10:55 pm

    Get some Claire!

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