In April 1775, General Gage, the military governor of Massachusetts sent out a body of troops to take possession of military stores at Concord, a short distance from Boston. At Lexington, a handful of “embattled farmers”, who had been tipped off by Paul Revere, barred the way. The “rebels: were ordered to disperse. They stood their ground. The English fired a volley of shots that killed eight patriots. It was not long before the swift-riding Paul Revere spread the news of this new atrocity to the neighboring colonies. The patriots of all New England, although still a handful, were now ready to fight the English.
From The United States: Story of a Free People, a high school textbook by Samuel Steinberg, Allyn and Bacon, publishers 1963.