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Col John Buttrick

Col John Buttrick

Birth
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 16 May 1791 (aged 59)
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 7519886 · View Source
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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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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.


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  • Created by: Eric Thomsen
  • Added: 31 May 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7519886
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col John Buttrick (20 Jul 1731–16 May 1791), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7519886, citing Old Hill Burying Ground, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Eric Thomsen (contributor 29506898) .