In Lexington 70 Minutemen were lead by captain John Parker who positioned his men for an attack on the red coats. When out of know where a shot was fired and the shot was known as "the shot heard around the world". Nobody knew what side it came from, but it let loose both sides. That day 18 Minutemen lost their lives. After Lexington the British troops continued their march to ward Concord Massachusetts. The word had spread to colonists that the British were on their way to Concord. All along the road waiting for the red coats were farmers, blacksmiths, saddle makers, and clerks. They hid behind rocks, trees, building, and fences. When the British marched their way to concord the groups attacked. By the time the redcoats got through Concord 174 British troops were wounded and 73 were dead. Then they knew the war for the Americans independence had begun.