The challenge this week hosted by A Word in Your Ear is silhouette. Having just recently rediscovered photos I took in the late 1990s during a trip to Boston and New York City, I chose to submit one of those “lost” photos for this challenge. Silhouetted against a cold November sky is the famous statue of the colonial militia man, or Minute Man, at the North Bridge, Concord, Massachusetts.
On April 19, 1775, British troops marched from Boston to Concord, intent on destroying ammunition and ordnance and arresting troublesome colonial leaders. After a brief fight with colonists at dawn in the town of Lexington, British troops were met at the North Bridge on the road to Concord by colonial militia who were given the orders to fire back at the troops. American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1837 poem “Concord Hymn” immortalizes the battle as “the shot heard round the world.” The Minute Man statue was dedicated in 1875 at the centennial celebration of the battle which began the American Revolution.
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heroes dare,
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
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