By the afternoon of April 19, 1775, having completed his search and destroy mission to Concord. Lt. Col. Smith finds himself facing a twenty mile gauntlet back to Boston. Thousands of angry militia stand ready to attack. His men are exhausted and running low on ammunition. His column barely makes it back to Lexington, where Lord Percy's relief column saves them from surrender. The combined force then faces its own running battle before finally returning to the safety of Charlestown. The regulars are impressed by the colonial militia's ability to stand up to them. Gen. Gage can no longer deploy soldiers from Boston. His only access in or out is by sea. The Provincial army grows into the tens of thousands as they lay siege to Boston.
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