How dare the patriot leaders stay in my village! I need to send orders as soon as possible!
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The battle of Lexington was fought on April 19, 1775. The Battle of Lexington was a military conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the thirteen colonies in North America during the War (1775-1783). The battle was located in the village of Lexington in Middlesex Country, Province of Massachusetts Bay.
General Thomas Gage knew about the colonists in the Province of Massachusetts. On April 14, 1775, General Thomas Gage received instructions from Secretary of State William Legge, the Earl of Dartmouth, to disarm the rebels and to imprison the leaders of the rebellion. General Thomas Gage sent British troops, to capture the patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock who were staying at the village. Other British troops were sent to seize the arms and ammo which led to the second conflict -the Battle of Concord.
The British and the American colonists were in a face-off position. There were over 100 spectators. Neither side were ordered to fire. No one knows which side fired first but some people believe it was an onlooker. Both sides fired, resulting in deaths and wounding on both troops. The Americans won and the British marched out of Lexington to head to Concord to seize arms and ammo. Capture any rebels that resulted in the battle of Concord.