Photographer's Note

There are two photographs to try and help put this all in perspective. The river is at high flood and I could not get an angle on it all.

The Statue: (mostly from Wikipedia)

One of Daniel Chester French's first, and most beloved sculptures is of an image of a Revolutionary War "Minute Man" which is found today at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts.

For the centennial of the beginning of the Revolution, the town of Concord commissioned French to create a statue of a continental Minute Man. It was to be French's first full size statue, and was to stand on a base inscribed with a sentence from Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Concord Hymn." French was paid $1,000 for the statue that was unveiled on April 19, 1875.

The Bridge: (some parts from Wikipedia)

The area behind the statue is usually a field. That is where the minutemen mustered prior to advancing toward the British. Captain Isaac Davis of the Acton minutemen wheeled his company out into the fray reportedly saying “I have not a man who is afraid to die” at which moment he took a bullet from one of the British Brown Bess Muskets and fell dead from his horse.

The North Bridge, often called the Old North Bridge is an historical site in the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle day in the Revolutionary War. Here five full companies of Minutemen and five of non-Minuteman militia occupied this hill with groups of other men streaming in, totaling about 400 against the British light infantry companies from the 4th, 10th, and 43rd Regiments of Foot under Captain Laurie, a force totaling about 90-95 men.

The bridge, as well as the revolutionary events that took place around it, are commemorated poetically in Ralph Waldo Emerson's well-known Concord Hymn (1837), the first stanza of which follows:

"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."

The site is now part of the National Park Service. It contains a memorial obelisk, as well as the famous statue by Daniel Chester French of a minuteman. The Old Manse, Ralph Waldo Emerson's ancestral home and later residence of writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, is immediately adjacent to the North Bridge.

The Old Manse will be posted tomorrow...

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