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 reasons 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?
- The British army failed in its intention to destroy weapons and make American patriots surrender without any bloodshed.
- The Americans faced no major casualties. It boosted the patriots’ morale significantly.
- British casualties were much higher than Americans.
So, now let’s discuss each one of them step by step.
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 storing weapons in Concord to use them against the British authority.
Their marched intention was to destroy all the weapons somehow and arrest the rebels. They didn’t want any armed conflict and bloodshed.
However, a day before, the British troops reached there, the American militias had received the news of the Britishers coming.
Some patriots like Paul Revere informed them about it during his famous midnight ride.
Getting the news, they immediately relocated all the weapons to a safe place. Therefore when British troops arrived there, they didn’t find much of it to destroy.
On the other side, though, they wondered to end the stimulation and arrest patriots without any armed conflict; but nothing happened like this.
Contrariwise, their plan overshadowed them back.
So, it was the first reason that we can claim American patriots’ victory during the battles of Lexington and Concord.
2. No Major Casualties Happened From The American Side And Morale Boost
Compared to the British side, the battles caused no major casualties on 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. Although, 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 battles, the number of patriots had reached 3900, compared to the British’s 1500.
Because of this massive reinforcement, the British troops were obliged to move back to Boston.
It boosted up the morale of American militias.
This morale boosts greatly aided the future big battles that were about to happen against the British Royal forces.
3. British Casualties Were Much Higher Than Americans
Casualties & Losses
This defeat of the well-trained British military in front of a newly formed militia was a matter of great shame.
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.