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The Old North Bridge, Concord

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The North Bridge, often colloquially called the Old North Bridge, is a historical site in the Battle of Concord, the first day of battle in the American War of Independence. The current wooden pedestrian bridge is a replica of the one that stood at the day of the battle. It and nearby sites are now part of the Minute Man National Historical Park of the National Park Service, an extremely popular tourist destination.
The current bridge is located in its original location off Monument Street in Concord, Massachusetts. It spans the Concord River 0.5 miles northeast from the start of the river at the confluence of the Assabet River and the Sudbury River at Egg Rock.
In 1775, five companies of Minutemen and five of non-Minuteman militia occupied a hill near the bridge with groups of other men streaming in, totaling about 400 against the British light infantry companies from the 4th, 10th, and 43rd Regiments of Foot under Captain Walter Laurie, a force totaling about 90-95 men. The British retreated across the river and the two sides faced each other across the North Bridge.
A brief exchange of fire ensued which saw the first instance of Americans firing to deadly effect on British regulars, after which the British retreated. Ralph Waldo Emerson, positing that world history pivoted at that moment (an assertion that is disputed, as earlier events at Lexington Battle Green could be termed the true opening of the battle), called the first shot of this skirmish the "shot heard round the world" in his 1837 poem "Concord Hymn". Plan my Concord trip by asking Klarna Trips to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • I have been to the North Bridge multiple times. I have been here for promotions, retirements and military members retaking their oath as the sign up for a few more years. The Minute Man National... 
    I have been to the North Bridge multiple times. I have been here for promotions, retirements and military members retaking their oath as the sign up for a few more years. The Minute Man National...  more »
  • I first did a quick check of the visit center before walking about one quarter mile to the the bridge ending to the north end of the Minute Man Histional National Park Info stand. While walking... 
    I first did a quick check of the visit center before walking about one quarter mile to the the bridge ending to the north end of the Minute Man Histional National Park Info stand. While walking...  more »
  • A Very nice pretty town. lots of interesting places, Nice people. Would go back agaik A Little expensive , but not real bad, Nice place for older coples 
    A Very nice pretty town. lots of interesting places, Nice people. Would go back agaik A Little expensive , but not real bad, Nice place for older coples  more »
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  • Beautiful bridge over calm river with tremendous history. In concord massachussets‚Ķ the bridge which was where the shot around the world was heard. Not too far away from the minute man national historical park. Fantastic walk, award winning presentation at the other park entrance/visitor center. A small yet very informative one by this bridge visitor center. Just fantastic!!
  • Loved this place with the Manse house which saw the battle. Took a walk around the whole area and so much to see. Give yourself a least a couple of hours to see where a slave who escaped and built a house and the bridge where the "shot heard around the world" took place, along with family houses along the way. Also, the whole road has more history if you want to make a day of the history of Concord and Lexington.
  • Such a wonderful place of history! Beautifully maintained and easy to get to. Park ranger on site was so friendly and a wealth of knowledge! Very well worth the visit!
  • One of my favorite historical places to visit with a visitors center, beautiful outdoor spaces, and helpful rangers with historical knowledge. Great insights into the beginning of the American Revolution.
  • Peaceful Historical and nice . Made a mistake here in this posting. The grave markers are from Sleepy Hollow cemetery down the road . On Author Ridge. Alot of famous people like Therou are here. Pend are left as memorial.

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