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At this rate it would take them several more hours to reach their objective, and Colonel Smith decided to send Major Pitcairn and six companies of light infantry ahead to secure the bridges leading into Concord. As the men of Pitcairn's advance force double-timed through Menotomy and pushed on toward Lexington, they could hear the tolling of alarm bells and the banging of signal guns in the hills on either side of the road. Presently they were met by the patrol that had captured Paul Revere earlier: these men reported that the country ahead was crawling with militia.
Custer Battlefield National Monument, Montana (Indian Wars) 296 36. Lava Beds National Monument, California (Indian Wars) 311 37. S. Arizona Memorial, Hawaii (World War II) 316 38. War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam (World War II) 320 Index 325 Page ix ILLUSTRATIONS Frontispiece. A Confederate volunteer ii British troops overrun the American redoubt, Breed's Hill. 7 Minuteman statue near Old North Bridge. 17 Old North Bridge, Concord, Massachusetts. 20 British light infantrymen, living-history demonstration.
They waited on the village green for over an hour, but when there was no sign of the British, they dispersed, some Page 16 going home to bed, others congregating in the tap room of Buckman Tavern, which was conveniently located on the northeastern edge of the green. While the militiamen were warming themselves by the tavern's fireplace, the cold, wet British regulars were slogging along the road to Concord. M. they reached the outskirts of Menotomy (now called Arlington), less than ten miles from their starting point.
America's National Battlefield Parks: A Guide by Joseph E. Stevens