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Col John Buttrick
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Birth: Jul. 20, 1731
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 16, 1791
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

American Revolutionary War Soldier. He was second in command of the American forces at Concord Fight on the first day of the American Revolution, April 19, 1775. In accordance with the rules of engagement, his men were ordered not to fire upon the British regulars on the other side of the North Bridge unless fired upon. However, once the regulars fired a volley which killed two Americans, he jumped up and shouted the famous command, "Fire, fellow soldiers, for God's sake, fire!" The Americans returned fire -- "the shot heard 'round the world" -- killing two regulars, mortally wounding a third and injuring several others. 
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  John Buttrick (1760 - 1825)*
  Stephen Buttrick (1772 - 1828)*
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In Memory of
who commanded the Militia Companies
which made the first attack upon
the British Troops,
at Concord North Bridge,
on 19th April 1775.
Having, with patriotic firmness,
shared in the dangers which led to
American Independence,
he lived to enjoy the blessings of it,
and died May 16th 1791, aged 60 years.
Having laid down the sword
with honor,
he resumed the plough with industry;
by the latter to maintain
what the former had won.
The virtues of the parent, citizen & Christian
adorned his life;
and his worth was acknowledged by
the grief and respect,
of all ranks,
at his death.
Old Hill Burying Ground
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Eric Thomsen
Record added: May 31, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7519886
Col John Buttrick
Added by: Eric Thomsen
Col John Buttrick
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