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Peabody, Massachusetts 01960 (508) 384-0100
Wednesday, March 10, 1999
"Having received Intelligence, that a Quantity of Ammunition, Provision,
Artillery, Tents and small Arms, have been collected at Concord, for the Avowed Purpose of
raising and supporting Rebellion against His Majesty, you will March with the Corps of
Grenadiers and Light Infantry, put under your Command, with the utmost expedition and
Secrecy to Concord, where you will seize and destroy all Artillery, Ammunition,
Provisions, Tents, Small Arms, and all Military Stores whatever."
Orders of General Thomas Gage
to "Lieut. Coll. Francis Smith,
10th Regiment Foot"
April 14, 1775
"In the ranks of the minute men and militia nearly every town that was
present took casualties: Framingham, Newton, Beverly, Cambridge, Westford, Watertown,
Salem, Danvers, Medford, Roxbury, Concord, Needham, Lynn, Dedham, and Menotomy.
Twenty-eight provincials were killed, at least ten were wounded, and three captured."
The Minute Men - The First Fight:
Myths & Realities of the American Revolution
By Gen. John R. Galvin
"(The bill's) passage means we can continue to honor the leading role
Massachusetts played in the fight for democracy, when ordinary people took part in
extraordinary events that changed the face of world history."
State Sen. Susan Fargo, D-Lincoln
"The shot heard 'round the world can echo again to remind us of the
sacrifices that our forefathers made to give us liberty and democracy,"
State Rep. Jay Kaufman, D-Lexington
Those poor, sorry, historically-challenged pols up in the thin air of
Beacon Hill just don't get it. Our independent-minded, freedom-loving forefathers did not
revolt against the deprivation of a ban on reenactments or parades by His Majesty -- they
revolted against the government's attempt to disarm them!
Disarm them, just like our legislators and governor did to us last year with such fanfare.
But, in the name of "liberty and democracy," they have
deigned to restore the Bread-and-Circus reenactments -- even if not our constitutionally
guaranteed right to keep and bear arms that our revolutionary forebears died to retain --
one of the "very extraordinary" things which "changed the face of world
history." Changed it at least for a while.
What silly, pathetic excuses we have elected to allegedly represent
We may have lost our rights, but fear not: Reenactments reign -- even
if we've forgotten or rejected the true reason for the original event.
Chip Ford --
The Concord Journal
March 4, 1999
Legislature approves bill for re-enactments
By Steve LeBlanc
BOSTON -- The British are coming after all.
Tuesday both the Massachusetts House and Senate unanimously approved
legislation designed to fix a glitch in the state's Assault Weapons Ban which could have
unintentionally prevented popular reenactments of Revolutionary War battles, including
those fought in Concord and Lexington.
Under a strict reading of the original law, the men and women
volunteers who stage the reenactment with 18th and 19th century muskets would be subject
to the same gun codes as owners of modern rifles and firearms.
That law requires trigger locks and locked storage bins for all guns.
The new legislation, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Paul
Cellucci today, specifically exempts antique and replica guns manufactured before 1899.
A special preamble to the bill guarantees it will become law as soon
as Cellucci signs it. Supporters were eager to push the bill forward in time for a planned
reenactment of the Boston Massacre on Friday.
State Sen. Susan Fargo, D-Lincoln, sponsored the bill in the Senate.
Fargo's district includes Concord and Lexington.
Fargo said the measure is a victory not only for all citizens of the
state, but for the thousands of reenactors and tourists expected to convene on the
Lexington Green in the year 2000.
"(The bill's) passage means we can continue to honor the leading
role Massachusetts played in the fight for democracy, when ordinary people took part in
extraordinary events that changed the face of world history," she said.
State Rep. Jay Kaufman, D-Lexington, who backed the proposal in the
House, said the bill will help the state preserve its links to the past.
"The shot heard 'round the world can echo again to remind us of
the sacrifices that our forefathers made to give us liberty and democracy," Kaufman
Critics, including gun activists, said the need for the new bill
shows lawmakers were too eager to pass the Assault Weapons Ban in the first place. They
said the so-called Musket Bill should prompt legislators to take a second look at the
In addition to making life easier for the historical reenactors, the
bill also allows the state Senate to remove bright orange trigger locks fastened to the
two antique muskets in the Senate chamber. The locks will be removed after Cellucci signs
the bill into law.
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