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of British Regulars marched to Colonel Barrett’s house and mill, which
Tories had reported to hold a great store of munitions….Only a few
weeks earlier, the property, had indeed been an important arsenal.
But since April 7, when Paul Revere carried his first warning to
Concord, the town had been hard at work, moving military supplies to
safety….At the last minute, Colonel Barrett’s sons plowed a field on
his farm, planted weapons in the fresh furrows, and covered them over
again. The British soldiers
passed by without a second thought, little suspecting the crop that had
been sown there….The British troops took their time at Barrett’s
house. After the long night
march they were tired and hungry, and several demanded breakfast from
Mrs. Barrett. She gave them
food and drink, saying coldly, ‘We are commanded to feed our enemy if
he hunger.’ They offered to pay. When
she refused, the soldiers tossed a few shillings into her lap.
She told them, ‘This is the price of blood.’”
Barrett’s Farm: April 19, 1775
Colonel James Barrett was the senior officer and overall field commander at the North Bridge in the first battle of the American Revolution. British Regulars marched to Concord on April 19, 1775, to seize weapons and other military supplies stored throughout the town, including a major stockpile on Colonel Barrett's property. The townspeople, however, had received advance warning of the British plan. So the soldiers who reached Barrett’s Farm that morning found neither the weapons, which had been moved or hidden, nor Colonel Barrett, who was leading the colonial forces as they prepared to engage the Redcoats at the North Bridge.
General Gage's Draft Orders
How much those cannon weighed on Gen. Gage as he made his plans is speculative, of course. But when he listed what Lt.-Col. Francis Smith's column should look for, the first items were Four Brass Cannon and two Mortars or Cohorns in the Cellar or out Houses of Mr. Barrett a little on the other side the Bridge.
Barrett’s Farm Today
Barrett’s Farm – the historic Colonel James Barrett House and
the land surrounding it – is listed in the National Register of Historic
Places as a site of national significance. It
is the most important, unrestored Revolutionary War land-mark in
Barrett’s Farm – the historic Colonel James Barrett House and the land surrounding it – is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a site of national significance. It is the most important, unrestored Revolutionary War land-mark in
The Plan to Save Barrett’s Farm
Save Our Heritage is leading this
effort, in cooperation with the Town of
It is because of Barrett’s Farm that the first
battle of the American Revolution took place at the
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Save Our Heritage’s role in this project is to serve as a bridge
between the former private ownership of Barrett’s Farm and its eventual
public ownership as part of
Save Our Heritage’s role in this project is to serve as a bridge between the former private ownership of Barrett’s Farm and its eventual public ownership as part of
“Historic sites where great events took place have the power to evoke the ghosts and echoes of our inexpressibly wise past. Barrett’s Farm is such a place. Please join me in supporting the effort to save Barrett’s Farm, so that it can take its rightful place with other Concord landmarks in telling the story of the first day of the American Revolution."
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