The Modern Lincoln Minute Men
The Town of Lincoln, Massachusetts, re-established its company of minute men in 1966, and charged us with the duty of keeping alive the history and the principles of the original minute men of 1775. The bloody skirmish that began on April 19, 1775, intensified at our Bloody Angle in Lincoln during the British retreat from Concord, then continued on our minute men’s doorsteps at Hartwell Tavern, at Mary and Samuel Hartwell’s, and at Captain William Smith’s. Our Patriots and British soldiers buried here are not forgotten. We welcome all members, regardless of age, gender, or town of residence.
Keeping Alive the Principles – Steady and solemn refusal…
Every April we re-enact the alarm and muster of April 19, 1775. Captain William Smith arrives by horse at the White Church in Lincoln, and the church bell rouses us from nearby houses, to muster in Lincoln Center. Early the following Monday morning, we muster by Bemis Hall, and after a salute to the patriots buried in cemetery, we march to Concord along Sandy Pond Road, the same route taken by the original minute men of Lincoln. We are proud to be an example of “steady and solemn refusal to be subject to the whims and caprices of any man or body of men.”
Perpetuating the Memory…It wasn’t about Glory or Destiny in 1775
And on a Sunday in late April, we assemble at Pierce House in Lincoln, along with a contingent of British Redcoats, and march to the Lexington Road cemetery for a ceremony honoring the Lincoln patriots and British soldiers buried there. We believe that if we could ask Sippio Brister, Josiah Parks, or John Hoar…or any of the patriots buried in Lincoln about why they acted as they did…they would not talk about glory or about destiny, or being remembered. Instead, they would talk about the right to self-determination. They would say, “It isn’t just about taxation, but about my rights and responsibilities to participate in law-making, based upon moral principles.”
Educating All Citizens, Especially Our Youth
In appearances that bring us the greatest pleasure, we offer interpretative programs for school children in Lincoln and surrounding communities, to raise interest in America’s past. All our members share an enthusiasm for colonial history, and especially for stories about the vivid characters in the Revolution. These include stories of Paul Revere’s capture by the British in Lincoln, of Mary Hartwell’s courage and compassion, of Capt. William Smith’s tragic decline from patriot to pauper, of James Nichols’ desertion from the ranks of the minute men at the North Bridge — and many more. We also discuss and debate the larger issues of the day that provoked the Revolution. And not the least, we offer an introduction to the equipment and the life of a citizen-soldier among Lincoln’s minute men on that historic day in 1775.
Although we love to be on parade, and we enjoy our work with school children and visitors to the Park, we also enjoy our informal monthly musters. At these gatherings, we educate ourselves on various historical topics, welcome new members, and plan our public programs. Perhaps most importantly, we take time to publicly recognize and thank our dedicated volunteers. Such collegial, intelligent, team-spirited, caring, and fun-loving members have kept the modern Lincoln Minute Men vibrant and active for almost 50 years.
For more information regarding the historical, educational, and ceremonial programs of the Lincoln Minute Men, please send email to email@example.com