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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2021 9:55 p.m. PST

… American Revolution

"A few days after the initial conflicts between the colonial militia and the British troops in Lexington and Concord, the New Haven printer Amos Doolittle traveled to the scene of the action to interview eyewitnesses and to produce a series of prints depicting the momentous events of April 19, 1775.

Doolittle chose to represent four key moments. In the first print, "The Battle of Lexington," he portrayed the British regulars standing in formation on Lexington Green and firing on the fleeing colonists. The second print, "A View of the Town of Concord," depicts the British marching along what is now known as the Battle Road on their way to Concord. The third, "The Engagement at the North Bridge," shows the British and Americans exchanging fire. The final print, innocuously titled "A View of the Town of Lexington," shows the British burning buildings as they retreat back towards Boston, while the colonial militia fire at them from behind stone walls…"
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Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2021 5:14 a.m. PST

It appears that what Doolittle didn't show was the British light infantry companies operating on the flanks of the marching column that caught the American militia from the rear.

That is commented on in Thomas Fleming's excellent book Now We Are Enemies which was later renamed The Battle of Bunker Hill.

There is also a mural of the light infantry tactic in the Visitor's Center for the Lexington/Concord actions.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2021 2:24 p.m. PST

So that's where the British LI with their marvelous caps are hiding! grin
I bought those figures and I want to use them!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2021 2:59 p.m. PST

Thanks Kevin!.


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