Who Won The Battles of Lexington And Concord?

Answer: Strategic victory of American militias over English red coats.

There are two 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…

Overview:

  • The British army failed in its intention to destroy weapons.
  • No major casualties happened from the American side and morale boost.
  • 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

The British Army Failed In Their Intention

Before the day of the battles on 18 April 1775, 700 British soldiers under the leadership 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. However, they didn’t want any armed conflict.

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

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

Getting the news, all the weapons were hidden immediately and when British troops arrived there, they didn’t get too many arms to destroy.

So, it was their first failure.

 

No Major Casualties Happened From The American Side And Morale Boost

The battles didn’t make major casualties on their side.

Only 88 people got killed and injured from their side but they managed to wound and killed around 247 British troops, which was a big win for the newly formed militia.

After this incident, the British troops moved back again to Boston.  

It boosted the morale of American militias.

Now they started thinking that in the future their army will also become a powerful military power in the world.

Their morale boosts greatly aided the future battles about to happen against the powerful British army.

 

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

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

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