Sunday, April 7th our town was the scene of a mustering of colonial militia. A throwback to the time of our American Revolution, members of the town were called to arms in the early morning hours of April 19th, 1775. The response was swift as word was spread by a handful of brave messengers on horseback, among them were Paul Revere and William Dawes.

Members of Col. Bailey’s 2nd Massachusetts Regiment muster on the green.

This call to our town was sounded by an unknown lone rider that came from the south to warn the countryside of the approaching British column of regular soldiers marching on Lexington and Concord. These soldiers were instructed to seize the guns, powder, and cannon from the civilian population. The men had mustered and trained for this moment, and 100 answered that call. They gathered in the town center, and marched to Concord to assemble and fight at Merriam’s Corner that fateful morning.

Today, we have an annual memorial of those brave men, and answered that call and marched into battle. With help from the town, the 2nd Massachusetts Regiment, Billerica Minutemen, and Lexington Minutemen, the Tewksbury Historical Society is able to recreate a portion of that march.

Click here to see a slideshow of the event