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.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. - Krishnamurti.
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