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My wife and I returned a few days ago from an LDS Church history tour, beginning in Boston and ending in Kirtland, OH.  This trip had a special meaning for us because of our pioneer heritage.  My wife's family came from Ireland, England, and Denmark.  My family came from Czechoslovakia, England, and Sweden.  The Bloods came to Massachusetts from England in the early 1600s.  The others came in the Mormon migration in the 1800s.  The Mormon pioneers endured incredible sacrifices, privation, and persecution, never wavering in their faith.  We are who we are today because of our heritage and the faith of our pioneer ancestors.  Our tour was ably organized and guided by Webb Tours of Salt Lake City.  Contact them at this link for further details.

To start at the beginning of the tour, scroll down to the oldest post and continue from there to the newest post.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Concord Bridge

The road to Concord Bridge. As John Ferling writes in his previously cited work A Leap in the Dark:  The Struggle to Create the American Republic, On that April day, "By about 11:00 a.m., roughly 500 armed Americans gathered at Concord. . . .[Colonel Barrett] forestalled his men . . . until about 11:00, when distant smoke from the center of Concord was seen curling above the bare trees. . . .He ordered his men to load their weapons and marched them toward the North Bridge."  The Americans found 115 British infantry on the opposite side of the bridge.  As the Americans advanced, a shot rang out.  Then other shots.  Men began to fall.  And thus, Concord Bridge became another symbol and icon of the American quest for independence.

Views from Concord Bridge

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