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Lexington,April 19th 1775
Scatter or die
Casualties 1 British regular wounded and 8 Americans killed
I, John Bateman, belonging to the fifty-second regiment, commanded by Colonel Jones testify and declare that I heard the word of command given to troops to fire.
Later in court...
I, John Pitcairn disagree sir. When I arrive to the head of the advanced company, two officers informed me that the rebels had assembled. He also presented me his musket which flashed the pan. I gave orders to the troops to advance,but not to fire. When reached the green I saw about 200-300 men. I instantly called to the soldiers not to fire, but surround and disarm them, and after several repetitions of those positive orders to the men, not to fire, etc. some of the rebels who had jumped over the wall fired four or five shots at the soldiers, which wounded a man of the Tenth and my horse was wounded in two places.
From all the evidence I have currently accumulated, I now can confidently say that the British Fired first.
I John Parker of Lawful age, and the commander of the militia,do testify and declare that I was informed of regulars going to concered to seize supplies so I ordered my militia to meet at the common. When the regulars arrived I told my men to scatter and don't fire,but they rushed in furiously and killed 8 of our men without any kind provocation.
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