Who Won The Battles of Lexington And Concord?

Direct Answer: During The Battles of Lexington And Concord American Militias Achieved Strategic Victory Over English Red Coats (or British Army).

There are three major reasons why you can claim that the battles of Lexington and Concord (1775, 19th April) were won strategically by the American patriots.

So, what were those reasons?

Let’s see…


  • The British army failed in its intention to destroy weapons and make patriots surrender without any bloodshed.
  • No major casualties happened from the American side, but it boosted up the patriots’ morale so much.
  • British casualties were much higher than Americans.

So, now let’s discuss each one of them step by step.

Who Won The Battles of Lexington And Concord
Who Won The First Conflict

1. The British Army Failed In Their Intention

Before the day of the battles broke out, on 18th April 1775, 700 British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith marched towards Concord.

They had come to know from a secret source that the American rebels were keeping a large number of weapons stored in Concord.

Their marched intention was to destroy all the weapons somehow and arrest the rebels.

However, they didn’t want any armed conflict and bloodshed.

But before the day, the British troops reached there, the American militias had received the news of the Britishers coming.

Some patriots like Paul Revere and others informed them about it.

Getting the news, they immediately hide all the weapons, and therefore when British troops arrived there, they didn’t find too many armaments to destroy.

On the other side, though, they wondered to end the stimulation and arrest patriots without any bleeding; but nothing happened like this.

Contrariwise, their plan overshadowed them back.

So, it was their first reason that we can claim the defeat of the English troops.

Battle of Lexington And Concord
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2. No Major Casualties Happened From The American Side And Morale Boost

Compared to the British side, the battles didn’t make major casualties from the American patriots’ side.

Due to the use of swoop warfare, patriots succeeded causing much higher casualties to the English troops.

Only 49 people got killed and 39 injured from the patriots’ side but they managed to wound 174 and killed 73 British troops, which was, of course, a big win for the newly formed militia.

By the end of the war, the number of patriots had reached 3900, compared to British’s 1500.

Seeing this massive reinforcement, the British troops obliged to move back to Boston. 

It boosted up the morale of American militias.

Now they started thinking that in the future their army would also become a powerful armed force in the world.

This morale boosts greatly aided the future big battles that about to happen against the powerful British Royal forces.


3. British Casualties Were Much Higher Than Americans

Casualties & Losses

  • American side: 49 killed, 39 wounded, 5 missing
  • British side: 73 killed, 174 wounded, 53 missing

This defeat of the well-trained British military in front of a newly formed militia was a matter of great shame. 

So, I hope now you have got the answer to why and who won the revolutionary battles of Lexington and Concord.


2 Funny Facts of The Battles of Lexington And Concord

1. It was probably a bit remorseful thing for British soldiers because they fired the first bullet of the battles, but till the end, they had to run away.

2. Though, the British forces were well-equipped, well-trained, and the world’s most powerful army at that time, but at the battles of Lexington and Concord they gave up in front of a weak and newly formed militia group. 


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