Menotomy, Massachusetts — Along what is quickly becoming known as “Battle Road”, horrific scenes of violence and destruction are everywhere. Soldiers and civilians lay dead, or on screaming heaps on the ground, as a constant thunder of rifle fire is punctuated by the snap and crackle of burning homes and businesses.
And the Army is losing.
After fleeing Concord as rebel formations began to mass, the Army and Marine troops came under increasingly strong fire, as thousands of enraged citizens converged on their route of march. The troops seemed to disintegrate, but at the last moment, came under the supporting artillery fires of the 3rd Infantry Brigade (BG Hugh Percy), which had just arrived in Lexington.
The column reorganized itself, then moved out, as it was rapidly outmanned by arriving militia, and was apparently not carrying ammunition for a large engagement.
The militia both pursued and harried the column as it withdrew, forcing the troops to clear hills using bayonets.
Menotomy, however, was different.
Army and Marine troops went berserk, and have largely burned the town, hones and businesses included. One unconfirmed report states that troops shot or bayonetted one citizen no less than thirteen times.
The raiding force finally broke through Menotomy, and is in full retreat towards Boston. Thousands of militia from surrounding counties are pouring into to suburbs of Boston, and are effectively laying seige to the city by cutting off all road access. There are rumors of militia units marching in from New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut.
We do not know what tomorrow holds….but we will be here.