|"Having received intelligence that ammunition, artillery, and small arms have been collected for the avowed purpose of raising rebellion against his Majesty, you will march to Concord where you will seize and destroy all military stores whatever."||General Thomas Gage, Commander of the British forces in America|
|"The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth. ?Tis not the concern of a day, a year, or an age. Posterity will be affected, even to the end of time."||Thomas Paine, Revolutionary War author|
|"Men without clothes to cover their nakedness, without blankets to lay on, without shoes. Their marches might be traced by the blood from their feet marching through frost and snow."||George Washington, Commander of the Continental Army|
|"About 10 o?clock, Dr. Warren begged that I would immediately set off for Lexington. Two friends rode me across the Charles River. They landed me on the Charlestown side, went on to the town and there got a horse. The moon shone bright."||Paul Revere, official courier of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress|
|"Stand your ground, don?t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here."||John Parker, Militia Captain|
|"Tears stand in my eyes when I think of this once happy land of liberty. All is anarchy and confusion. We are all in arms. May God put a speedy and happy end to this contest between a mother and her children."||Congressman (Unknown)|
|"These fellows say we won?t fight. By Heaven, I hope I shall die up to my knees in British blood."||Joseph Warren, Leader of Boston Rebels|
|"Dr. Warren, I found among the slain and stuffed the scoundrel with another Rebel into one hole, and there he and his seditious principles may remain."||British Officer|
|"I have just heard that our dear friend, Dr. Warren, fell gloriously fighting for his country. Great is our loss. Almighty God, cover the heads of our countrymen. May we be supported and sustained in the dreadful conflict. I cannot compose myself to write any further."||Abigail Adams|
|"A gentleman from Virginia who is among us here and very well known to all of us. A gentleman with skill and experience as an officer, independent fortune, great talents, and excellent universal character."||John Adams, Congressman|
|"I go fully trusting in that Providence which has been more bountiful to me than I deserve. I retain an unalterable affection for you, which neither time nor distance can change."||George Washington||
Letter to Martha Washington (June 23, 1775)
Definition: A person chosen to represent another person or group; a representative
Context: Some delegates wanted to remain loyal to Britain, others wanted independence, and others were undecided.
Definition: A body of citizens organized for military service
Context: The British regulars had served an average of ten years, while the American militia was mostly untrained.
Definition: A short printed publication, usually without a cover, that explains a topic or supports a position
Context: In a pamphlet called "Common Sense," author Thomas Paine criticized the idea of being ruled by a British monarch.
Definition: A person who is loyal to his or her country; in the American Revolution, patriots were the people living in the American colonies who wanted to be free of British control
Context: Two lanterns glowed briefly in the steeple of Boston's Old North Church, just long enough to signal patriots across the Charles River that the Redcoats would move that night by water.
Definition: Someone who opposes or disobeys one in authority; an American colonist who fought against the British
Context: The rebels included farmers, blacksmiths, writers, fathers and sons, and many other ordinary men who sacrificed their lives for freedom.
Definition: A charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes
Context: In 1765 Britain passed the Stamp Act, which placed a tax on all printed material, from newspapers to playing cards.
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