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Lexington and Concord, 1775, Sudbury Militia

Sudbury Militia, Lexington and Concord

At least six Militia Companies from Sudbury marched to Concord where they engaged the British at Merriam’s Corner and then followed them back to Boston.

Lexington and Concord, 1775, Framingham Militia

Framingham Militia, Lexington and Concord

Framingham Militia responded to the Lexington Alarm, engaged the British at Merriam’s Corner, and pursued British along the Battle Road.

Thomas Gage, Portrait, Copley

Gage’s Orders to British Spies

Thomas Gage issued orders to Captain John Brown and Ensign Henry De Berniere to survey Suffolk County and Worcester County and make a map of the roads and landmarks.

Boston Tea Party, 1773, Lantern Slide, DCMNY

British East India Company

The financial troubles of the British East India Company led Parliament to pass the Tea Act (1773), setting the stage for the Boston Tea Party.

Lexington and Concord, 1775, Dedham Militia

Dedham Militia, Lexington and Concord

Dedham, Massachusetts was one of the towns that mobilized its militia forces in response to the Lexington Alarm. The Dedham Militia and Minutemen responded to the Lexington Alarm and engaged the British during the Battle of Menotomy.

Colonial America and the French and Indian War

Salem Witch Trials, Howard Pyle

Salem Witch Trials (1692–1693)

The famous Witchcraft Crisis took place in Salem Village in 1692–1693.

William Brewster, Painting

Separatists (Pilgrims)

Puritan Separatists — the Pilgrims — left Europe and sailed to America for Religious Freedom.

Battle of Lake George, Johnson Saving Dieskau

Battle of Lake George (1755)

Learn about the intense battle from the French and Indian war that included the Bloody Morning Scout, the Bloody Pond, and the death of King Hendrick.

AmericaN Revolution and the Revolutionary war

Samuel Adams, Painting

Boston Massacre (1770)

When British troops fired into a crowd and killed colonists, Samuel Adams called it “The Boston Massacre.”

General Nathanael Greene, Portrait, Illustration

Nathanael Greene

Greene was a master strategist and a hero who helped lead American forces to a stunning victory in the Southern Theater.

Abraham Whipple, Painting

Gaspee Incident and Affair

The Sons of Liberty nearly started the war with Britain in 1772 when they attacked a British ship, shot a British officer, and burned the ship.

Secession, Civil War, and Reconstruction

Philip Sheridan, General

Battle of Fisher’s Hill

The Union victory at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill opened up the Shenandoah Valley and led to “The Burning,” Philip Sheridan’s scorched earth campaign.

John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln Assassin, Portrait

Lincoln Assassination

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes struck a blow for the Confederacy when he shot Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater

Abraham Lincoln, Portrait, Gardner

Emancipation Proclamation

Lincoln’s proclamation freed enslaved people in areas that were in rebellion against the United States.