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The "Minute Man"

Sculpted by Daniel Chester French, the base is inscribed with the lines of Emerson's poem.

In Concord, at the Old North Bridge within the Minuteman National Historic Park, are several monuments related to the skirmish around the bridge on April 19, 1775. The most notable memorial is the one with a sculpture of a minuteman.

The Minuteman Monument

The monument is made of bronze on a stone base. The bronze sculpture is of a farmer with a gun, leaving his plough behind to join the battle that he heard. The base has inscriptions on it. The front inscription is a verse of a poem by Ralph Emerson:

"By the rude bridge
that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's
breeze unfurled.
Here once the embattled
farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard
round the world."

On the backside, the stone has been etched to create the text:

"1775 Nineteenth of April - 1875." www.waymarking.com




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