We Stood Our Ground

| March 28, 2018

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In 2004, Author Alexander Cain released the first edition of “We Stood Our Ground.” Now, fourteen years later, this acclaimed book has been rewritten to reflect the recent discovery of countless new historical documents, town records and historical artifacts.

We Stood Our Ground explains Lexington’s shift from a passive to a radical town in the 1760s and early 1770s. It not only examines Lexington’s religious, economic, social and geographical settings on the eve of the American Revolution, but also describes its citizens’ reactions to the Stamp Act crisis, the Townshend duties and the Intolerable Acts. Lexington’s war efforts prior to the Battle of Lexington are also carefully scrutinized.

For the first time Cain carefully reconstructs the April 19th civilian evacuation of Lexington and details the roles of Loyalists at the Battle of Lexington. Captain Parker’s ambush of retreating British regulars is also reexamined based upon archaeological surveys conducted at the original battle site.

Finally, the role of Lexington’s citizens during the Siege of Boston is brought to light. Cain carefully recounts the town’s effort to supply its own troops, its reaction to the “Bunker Hill Alarm,” and the daily struggle to simply make ends meet.

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