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Late reports from Concord have the Redcoats retreating in disarray toward the center of town after a rout at the North Bridge by hastily assembled Minutemen. Some photos.



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Gotta love the guys who turn out for Patriots' Day in British Red. The day wouldn't be complete without someone to play that role.

No fife/drum?

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Any band show up? Historically speaking, they wouldn't have gone anywhere without a drum and more keeping the march beat.

Fifers and drummers

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The Redcoats had yellow-coated musicians. The colonials had fifers, at least, I'd have to look at my pictures to see if they also had drummers (I can't imagine they didn't).

Off color coats

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The musicians wore a different colored jacket from the military so that in the haze of battle they could be found by the commanding officer. War was loud and all commands had a musical flourish counterpart which is what troops used to know what commands were being given from further up the line.

In 1812, the US Army wore blue while the musicians wore red. Naive tourists would often ask me if I was a British traitor or prisoner and I'd have to explain how I was a musician.