Jul. 20, 1731 Concord Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA
May 16, 1791 Concord 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.
Inscription: In Memory of Colonel JOHN BUTTRICK, 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.