The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 10, 1975 · Page 43
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April 10, 1975

The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 43

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Thursday. April 10, 1975, THE HERALD. Provo, Utah-Page 43 Shot Heard Round the World Echoes for 200th Year WASHINGTON - As'they did two centuries ago, citizens of Lexington and Concord have prepared for an invasion. In 1775 the towns in Massachusetts' Middlesex County were invaded by troops of Redcoats coming to destroy colonial stores of arms. The 1975 invaders will be tourists in sportcoats trooping to the Bicentennial celebration of the "shot heard round the world." The British soldiers were greeted with gunfire. Today's visitors will be greeted more hospitably. Any shooting they encounter will be from the April 19 re-enactment of the battle that touched off the Revolutionary War on that date 200 years ago, the National Geographic Society says. Vast Turnout Foreseen But, just as that foray by troops from Boston alarmed the populace in its day, some officials and residents are apprehensive over the incursion they anticipate this year. The combined populations of Lexington and Concord total a little more than 50.000. The two towns are bracing to receive more than 100,000 visitors during the Patriots Day weekend, April 19-20. However, the number of cars and campers alone may double that figure, and more than half a million tourists may visit the historic sites on this anniversary. Where to put the crowds and how to move them through the old, tree-shaded streets could pose problems. For the Centennial celebration in 1875, the towns invited President Ulysses S. Grant and other dignitaries and prepared to entertain 20,000 visitors. More, than 50.000 arrived and ate all the food in the dinner tent before the official guests could sit down. The Bicentennial fete will include concerts, a chorale, a play, debating and essay contests, and. of course, speeches. But for many the main attraction will be the annual recreation of the famous clash on Lexington Green, staged by men in British and colonial costumes firing muzzle-loaded muskets. "Regulars Are Out!" After Bostonians dumped East India tea into their harbor, Parliament ordered the port closed. Gen. Thomas Gage was sent to the city as military governor of Massachusetts. He knew the colonists were collecting arms at Concord, 19 miles away, for possible use against him. On April 18, 1775, Gage dispatched 700 grenadiers and light infantry to seize the weapons. The troop movement was to be a secret night maneuver, but Paul Revere rode as far as Lexington with the warming, "The regulars are out!" Galloping toward Concord, he was caught by a mounted British patrol. A companion. Dr. Samuel Prescott, eluded capture by jumping his horse over a stone wall and spread the alarm. At Lexington, about 130 Minutemen — volunteers pledged to keep their rifles always at hand — were mustered on the village green by Capt. John Parker. As the night wore on, he dismissed them, but urged them to stay close. It was nearly dawn when a scout brought word the soldiers were coming. Sylvanus Wood, one of the Minutemen waiting in the Buckman Tavern, recorded: "Parker immediately turned to hisdrumer... and ordered him to beat to arms..." Seventy-seven men hurriedly formed ranks along a line marked today by a tone bearing the words attributed to Captain Parker: "Stand your ground, don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here." It did. About 180 Redcoats wheeled from the column and confronted the colonials. Their officer, Maj. John Pitcairn, commanded, "Lay down your arms, ye damned rebels, and disperse." Shot on Accident? Parker ordered his men to leave and they started moving away, taking their weapons with them Then a shot rang out. Who fired, and whether it was deliberate or an accident, isn't known. But it was followed by more shots, volleys, and a bayonet charge by the British. It was over in minutes, with eight Minutemen killed and ten wounded. The soldiers cheered and resumed their march to Concord. There, most of the stores they sought had been hidden, and Minutemen companies from surrounding towns were waiting. At North Bridge the Redcoats again confronted armed colonials and again volleyed, killing two. This time the return fire was hot and heavy and the soldiers pulled back, with three dead. It was the start of a running battle in which the column, joined by a 1,000-man relief force, was harried by thousands of Minutemen throughout a day-long, 16-mile retreat. By nightfall the British were back in Boston, with 79 killed. 174 wounded, and 26 missing. The colonials had suffered 49 killed, 41 wounded, and 5 missing. The eight-year War of Independence had begun. Springville District Scout Camp Slated SPRINGVILLE - The Hobble Creek District Spring Camp 0 Ree has been scheduled for April 18 and 19 at Maple Canyon. The event will be held from 5 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday near Horse Trough Spring on the trail to Maple Lake, according to Broadie Jones, general chairman. Scouts are asked to follow Camp 0 Ree signs for the exact location. Cars should be parked at the Whiting Picnic area parking lot and scouts will back pack into the camping area, approximately one and a half miles. A small fee will be charged each scout which includes a patch. Troop competition will include back packing and pioneering type camp improvements. Blazer B boys are invited, but should eat breakfast at home on Saturday morning. Registration is 7 a.m. Saturday. They should hike to the troop campsite from the parking lot, help troop set up pioneering type displays and cook their lunch with the troop. Friday night, troops should have back packs inspected as soon as they arrive. Following inspection, camp should be set up. Packs should have everything needed (except food) for the troop to successfully camp one week in the wilderness area. Food for the camp o ree should be backpack type, light weight food for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is optional. Saturday morning scouts will be required to build at least three camp articles such as tables, chairs, latrine, raised fireplace, tripod, etc. Latrine is mandatory. Scoring will be 50 per cent on pack inspection and 50 per cent on campsite inspection. First, second, and third place top troop awards will be given. Patches will be issued after the campsite is cleaned up, pioneering articles removed and wood stacked neatly. Campers are asked to use only dead wood and should not chop green trees. A fine by the Forest Sen-ice could result if trees are defaced, Mr. Jones said. Projects may be lashed to green trees, but no nails should be used. Because of the expense of binder twine, Mr. Jones suggests that short lengths of used twine be obtained' from'farmers who are willing to give it away free. It is suggested that expensive twine or rope should not be used for these "temporary" projects. Campers should burn all garbage, pack out all unburnable refuse, cover latrine after each use. All scout masters and senior patrol leaders should read the handbook on camp sanitation and follow instructions carefully as this will be a part of inspection. Campers should not drink water from the creek without first boiling for 10 minutes or adding purification tablets. Water from Horse Trough Spring is all right to drink. Propane stoves may be used. White gas or kerosene are not allowed. Troop discipline will be administered. The scout oath and law will be the law of the camp with the senior patrol leader in charge. For further information contact Broadie Jones in Mapleton or Richard Anderson in Springville. Mormon History Group Meetings Begin Friday "What's Happening in Mormon History," "Women in Mormon History," and "What Happened to the Groups which Trace their Origin to Joseph Smith" are just a few of the topics to be presented at this year's meeting of the Mormon History Association Friday through Sunday in Provo. Between 200 and 300 persons from throughout the nation are expected for the annual, three-day event which this year American Fork School Plans To Honor Help AMERICAN FORK - A Volunteer Appreciation Night will be held at Utah State Training School Wednesday to honor volunteers from throughout Utah who have contributed service or programs to residents of the school. According to Harriet Mulliner, director, Inservice Training, the volunteer contribution of Utah individuals and organizations is significant. The appreciation program will be held at the Training School Branch Chapel Cultural Hall at 7:30 p.m., with their well known school chorus and rhythm band providing entertainment for the occasion. An Outstanding Volunteer of the Year will be named, said Mrs. Mulliner, with various individuals and organizations to be recognized for their efforts in behalf of the mentally retarded. The Training School event will precede various programs which will mark National Volunteer Week, April 20 through 28. The Training School volunteer program is supervised by Mrs. Mulliner and includes a wide number of individuals and groups who have an interest in the mentally retarded. is being hosted by Brigham Young University. The Mormon History Association is an independent organization designed to create broader understanding of LDS experiences, according to Dr. Thomas G. Alexander, president. Registration will begin Friday at noon in the Wilkinson Center, and sessions will get underway at 2 p.m. with a panel discussion on what's happening in Mormon history. Richard Howard, historian for the Reorganized LDS Church and Leonard J. Arlington, historian for the LDS Church will be on the panel. "Liberty Jail," an original Mormon drama produced by the Utah Valley Repertory Theater Company, will be presented at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Mills Barn. Saturday morning's sessions include discussions on women in Mormon history, Mormon historical sites, Joseph Smith historiography and what happened to groups which trace their origin to Joseph Smith. BYU President Dallin H. Oaks will be the luncheon speaker at noon Saturday. His topic is, "The Trial of the Murderers of Joseph Smith." Saturday afternoon sessions include presentations on Mormonism in Asia, Europe and Latin America and the reorganization in the world. 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