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Four Citizens Shot and Killed in Cambridge, MA

From the Postcards from the Revolution Series

As you know, I am documenting some of the landmarks of the American Revolution that are common but often ignored sites around Boston. This one is new to me - I saw it for the first time this week when I stopped to get a haircut in North Cambridge. It is a timely reminder that governments can and do kill their own citizens. This is the reason the right of citizens to to keep and bear arms is enshrined in our Constitution.

Four Citizens Shot & Killed in Cambridge MA

The inscription reads:

APRIL 19, 1775
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Here is the monument in its current context. It sits on the curb of at 2154 Massachusetts Avenue, the old Battle Road which runs from downtown Boston all the way to Lexington and Concord.

Four Citizens Shot & Killed in Cambridge MA

Thousands of cars pass this monument daily, but it remains mostly unseen, mostly ignored, its profound meaning lost on the citizens of the People's Republic of Cambridge.

Here is the view northwest on the Battle Road, towards Lexington and Concord...

Four Citizens Shot & Killed in Cambridge MA The view on the Battle Road, north to Lexington and Concord.

And the view to the southeast, back towards Boston Town:

Four Citizens Shot & Killed in Cambridge MA

If anyone ever tells you you don't need guns to protect themselves, give them a friendly reminder of how this nation was formed.

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It was John Quincy Adams who wrote the Monroe Doctrine... not be be confused with the father

But we aren't allowed to hang British loyalist Piers Morgan?

Why isn't he on trial for treason?

How do we get justice when justice is denied?

Oath takers commit treason

Practicing free speech is a basic human right.

Free includes debt-free!

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What I read is

Four citizens got in the way of retreating British troops and were mowed down.

I that the story?

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Honestly, I don't know the story

All I know is what I read on that monument. I imagine that is what happened.

The British didn't expect to get their butts kicked that day. They expected to waltz up into Concord, destroy American munitions, then go back to their bases in Boston, and ships in the harbor. But they met resistance (obviously). Not only that, on their hurried and disorganized retreat, they were chased and dogged all the way back by the Minute Men and colonists, who were taking pot shots at them. It was a chaotic retreat.

The colonists didn't have uniforms. They were, in essence, guerrilla fighters. So it is possible that the British took these 4 as soldiers and shot them. Or they were just so upset and angry that they took their aggression out on some innocents. We know that happens in war, too.

Love your series, Michael.


That is

an impressive monument. Sad that it goes unappreciated.

Perfect title

I just tweeted this post with your great headline to Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper. Wonder if they will read it all the way to the bottom.

Good Find Mich~ael! You'd Make An Excellent Tour Guide

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