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Battles of Lexington and Concord - Revolutionary War

Lexington Green, Battle of Lexington

The first skirmish of the American Revolution took place in Lexington, Massachusetts. This engraving was made by Amos Doolittle (1754-1832), an American from Connecticut whose engravings depicted scenes from the war.

As members of the Governor's Second Company of Guards, Doolittle (a silversmith from New Haven) and Ralph Earl (a portrait painter whose life spanned 1751-1801) were given permission to investigate what happened at Lexington and Concord. During early May, 1775, they visited both towns.

Doolittle interviewed colonials who had fought while Earl sketched four different landscapes. Although historians have determined there are some inaccuracies (in the four works which the pair created), they are the only pictorial record of the Lexington and Concord battles produced by a contemporary American.

The Doolittle-Earl works are the source for later reprints, such as these four produced by Charles E. Goodspeed (in Boston during 1903):

Plate I:  "The Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775"—engraving by Doolittle during December of 1775

Plate II:  "A View of the Town of Concord"—engraving by Doolittle during December of 1775

Plate III:  "The Engagement at the North Bridge in Concord"—engraving by Doolittle during December of 1775

Plate IV: "A View of the South Part of Lexington"—engraving by Doolittle during December of 1775

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5123stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Oct 17, 2017


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Doolittle Plate I, Battle of Lexington. Drawing from engraving by Amos Doolittle, a Connecticut militiaman.

U.S. National Archives, image 111-SC-92639.

 

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