April 25th, 1775.
BENJAMIN TIDD and Joseph
Abbott, above-named being
duly cautioned, to testify the whole truth, made solemn
oath to the truth of the above deposition by them subscribed.
William Read, Josiah Johnson,
Justices of the Peace.
WE NATHANIEL MILLIKEN, PHILLIP RUSSELL,
MOSES HARRINGTON, jun. THOMAS and
NIEL HARRINGTON, WILLIAM GRIMER,
TIDD, ISAAC HASTINGS, JONAS STONE,
WYMAN, THADDEUS HARRINGTON, JOHN
DLER, JOSHUA REED, jun. JOSEPH
PHINEAS SMITH, JOHN CHANDLER, jun.
LOCK, JOEL VILES, NATHAN
TIDD, BENJAMIN LOCK, THOMAS WINSHIP,
MEON SNOW, JOHN SMITH, MOSES
TON, 3d. JOSHUA READ, EBENEZER
JOHN HARRINGTON, ENOCH WILLINGTON,
JOHN HOSMER, ISAAC GREEN, PHINEAS
STEARNS, ISAAC DURANT, and THOMAS
LY, jun. all of lawful age, and inhabitants of
in the county of
Middlesex, and Colony of the
New-England, do testify and declare, that on
the nineteenth of April instant, about one or two o'clock in
the morning, being informed that several officers of the regu-
lars, had the evening before been riding up and down the road,
and had detained and insulted the inhabitants passing the same,
and also understanding that a body of regulars were marching
Concord, with intent (as it was supposed)
to take the stores belonging to the colony in that town, we were
alarmed and having met at the place of our Company's parade,
were dismissed by our Captain, John Parker, for the present,
orders to be ready to attend at the beat of the drum, we fur-
ther testify and declare, that about five o'clock in the morning,
hearing our drum beat, we proceeded towards the parade, and
soon found that a large body of troops were marching towards
us, some of our company were coming up to the parade and
others had reached it, at which time the company began to
disperse, whilst our backs were turned on the troops, we were
fired on by them, and a number of our men were instantly kil-
led and wounded, not a gun was fired by any person in our
company on the regulars to our knowledge before they fired on
us, and they continued firing until we had all made our escape.
April 25th, 1775.