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