22 april

an Ordinary day


19 April, 1775

The British soldiers marched into Concord early on the morning

of 18 April, 1775

to capture the weapons and munitions that the colonials 

had moved there from other places

upon hearing word that the British would be raiding

 but the Colonial militia held them off

in the first battle of the American Revolution at Lexington.

The British were not able to capture any munitions

that early morning

and began their slow march back toward Boston.

 Where upon minute men hidden in wood and field

began harassing and shooting at the redcoats.

All afternoon the shots were heard as the redcoats marched back to Boston.

and thus what became known as 

the American Revolution


The American minutemen were called that because they could be ready 

to fight at a minutes notice.

Every April, around the 19th, Massachusetts celebrates Patriot's Day.

In Concord/Lexington, at the Minuteman National Park, 

the biggest re-enactment of the year is held.

This is where I took these pictures a few days ago.

I am always amazed at how these people must have just woken one very ordinary

 morning to the sound of gunfire in the common.

They had no idea that this particular ordinary day

was about to become so historically extraordinary. 


  1. Great shots!
    Thank you for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/04/at-keyboard.html

  2. Really great reenactment scenes and photos!

    Mersad Donko Photography

  3. I plan on visiting here this summer !

  4. Great shots! We'd like to take our grandson to see a reenactment someday because he loves watching the History Chanel with grandpa.

  5. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing!


  6. Gee, I've never experienced a reenactment scene. Your photos are in focus. History is one of my favorite subjects. Nice job!
    JM, IL

  7. So much history in the pics. Great series.

  8. You paint a lovely story of back in the day.

  9. Wonderful captures of the re-enactment!

  10. My favorites are your 2nd and 4th capture! It must be a great experience to see this:)

  11. Great photos. That's an interesting history .

  12. War is b;ack and white. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  13. We, too, have an annual re-enactment but of a Civil War battle, Perryville. It's quite an affair, drawing a lot of re-enactors. Great shots!

    {I just finished reading 'The Storied Life of A J Fikry'. The small, fictional island off the Massachusetts coast made me think of your island!}

  14. The poem was stuck in my head in childhood, about "the 18th of April in '75..."



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