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On April 19 1775 shots were fired at Lexington Green starting the revolutionary war Nobody can seem to agree on who fired the first shot Each account written by witnesses about what happened is different in its own way According to the evidence presented the only sensible answer to this two hundred and twenty-five-year-old mystery is that the colonists must have fired first The diary entry by Lieutenant John Barker a British officer is very strong evidence against the colonists Also the report from Major Pitcairn commander of the first British party o enter Lexington which was addressed to General Cage his commander in Boston strongly indicates that the colonists were the first to fire Contributing to this powerful evidence is the fact that the colonists who were inexperienced and unorganized may have been extremely nervous John Barker British Lieutenant wrote in his diary shortly after the shooting at Lexington In this entry he wrote that upon marching towards the colonists one or two shots were fired by the colonists Since Lt Barker was in the actual battle there is little chance that his information was grossly wrong Given the fact that he was writing in his diary he would have little reason to make up the story When writing in a diary to yourself there is a very small chance that you would make anything up The diary entry was very detailed in saying the time and the number of people that were there There was one man wounded in the shooting on the British side Lt Barker wrote what infantry the man was from A person that would lie about which side fired first probably would not have added that part in the entry The diary entry from Lieutenant John Barker is a solid piece of evidence convicting the colonists of firing first Major Pitcairn was the commander of the first party that entered the Lexington green He led the troops in
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