Yesterday was the 240th anniversary of the battle of Lexington and Concord. It used to be a celebrated day, a time to remember the men who stood against all odds and freedom over servitude.
There's one man who took part that day that I want to highlight. Samuel Whittemore. He was 78 years old in 1775. When the battle took place he was out working in his fields. When he saw the retreating British column, however, he armed himself, and then he attacked with a musket and two pistols.
That is correct. 78 years old, alone, with a flintlock musket and 2 flintlock pistols, he chose to fire on a column of British Regulars. Expending his three shots, he drew his sword and attacked.
The British troops, understandably, shot him in the face and bayoneted him 18 times.
He survived the assault, and lived another 18 years, dying at the age of 98.
He is honored as the State Hero of Massachusetts.