*Perfect for ages 7-9
*Includes pictures and illustrations of important people and places.
*Talks about Paul Revere's midnight ride, and includes Revere's own quotes about the ride.
*Includes quotes about the fighting written by soldiers on both sides.
In Charles River Editors’ History for Kids series, your children can learn about history’s most important people and events in an easy, entertaining, and educational way. Pictures help bring the story to life, and the concise but comprehensive book will keep your kid’s attention all the way to the end.
April 19, 1775 was the most momentous day in American history. Over the course of nearly 18 hours, a morning that began with midnight riders spreading an alarm about a British raid headed for Concord would lead to the British column fleeing for their lives back to the vicinity of Boston as thousands of militiamen headed to cut them off and surround them. By the time the sun went down, 10 years of strife between the 13 colonies and Great Britain finally boiled over into pitched battle and a Revolution.
In the wake of the Revolution, the importance of April 19, 1775 became clear to everyone, and the legends and mystique surrounding that day have grown ever since. That day made an icon out of Paul Revere, who would have been greatly surprised at the end of his life if he had known he would become famous for his midnight ride. As a fervent and well-connected patriot who was part of Boston’s intelligence network, Revere was sent on the ride toward Lexington along with William Dawes, with the intention of warning the countryside that British troops were heading that way presumably to arrest patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock. After warning Adams and Hancock, Revere, Dawes, and another messenger, Samuel Prescott were stopped and detained by British soldiers on the path toward Concord, and though Dawes and Prescott managed to escape, Revere was escorted back toward Lexington by the British that morning. As it turned out, Revere and the patriots were wrong about the actual reason for the British march that morning, and Revere did not successfully finish his own ride.
The Battles of Lexington & Concord are just as full of legends. It’s unclear who fired first at Lexington, but it resulted in a handful of colonial militiamen laying wounded or dying as the British continued on toward Concord, where they encountered far more organized resistance. As militias from across the countryside swarmed toward the action from neighboring towns and villages, the British forces began the march back to Boston, coming under fire alongside what would become fittingly known as “Battle Road”. By the time the British made it back to the safety of Boston, thousands of militia men had surrounded the city, beginning what would become a nearly year long siege. The American Revolution had officially begun.
History for Kids: The Battles of Lexington and Concord chronicles all of the momentous events of April 19, 1775, including Paul Revere’s midnight ride and the fighting. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, your kids will learn about the day the American Revolution began like never before.