The Shot Heard Round the World: April 19, 1775 will follow an hour-by-hour account of the actions of British Regulars and Patriots on April 19th, 1775, presenting a chronological and geographical timeline of the day and representing many of the communities surrounding Boston - Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Arlington (Menotomy), and Cambridge - whose militias played a prominent role in the day-long engagement.
Organized by Concord Museum curator David Wood and militaria expert Joel Bohy, the exhibition will draw from the Museum's important collection, as well as a number of private and institutional collections.
Highlights of the exhibition include:
Paul Revere's Lantern
A letter John Hancock wrote from Lexington at 9:00 p.m. on April 18 (private collection)
William Diamond's drum that summoned the Lexington militia to the Common (Lexington Historical Society - pictured above)
James Hayward's powder horn, pierced by the bullet that killed him (Acton Memorial Library)
A powder horn with original woven strap that belonged to Abner Hosmer, who was killed at the North Bridge (Concord Museum)
The sword of Major John Buttrick who, at the North Bridge, gave the order to return fire (Massachusetts Archives)
The powder horn of Amos Barrett, whose first-person reminiscence of the North Bridge fight is among the most vivid and detailed accounts to survive (Concord Museum)
The sword of Captain Nathan Barrett, who was in command of one of Concord's militia companies at the North Bridge (Concord Museum)
And, from the British Regulars, a sergeant's musket and the sword of a private in the 10th Regiment (Concord Museum) and a Royal Artillery Pouch (Arlington Historical Society, First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington)