Hired a car again and drove to Lexington and Concord to learn about the battles that were fought there It was important to the early American government that an image of British fault and American innocence be maintained for this first battle of the war. The history of Patriot preparations, intelligence, warning signals, and uncertainty about the first shot was rarely discussed in the public sphere for decades. The story of the wounded British soldier at the North Bridge, struck down on the head by a Minuteman using a hatchet, the purported “scalping”, was strongly suppressed. Depositions mentioning some of these activities were not published and were returned to the participants
It was a far more sobering experience than I expected As Aeschylus said “in war, truth is always the first casualty”.