Here are some one liners...
A Few Words Before We Begin -- A list of common facts about the American Revolution.
One If By Land, Two If By Sea -- The British are coming!
Parker's Stand! The Battle of Lexington Green -- A gun goes off accidentally and boom. We are at war.
The Shot heard Around the World: The Battle for the Concord Bridge -- An unauthorized warning shot and BOOM. We are Really at war.
Parker's Revenge! Run! Run! Run! -- Parker runs an ambush.
Bunker Hill: A Battle Worth Losing -- The British take Bunker Hill and wish they hadn't.
George Washington Is Appointed Commander-in-Chief -- The Second Continental Congress convenes and guess what?
A Few Words Before We Begin
- 1. I cannot do justice in a few paragraphs to the bravery, brutality and plain dumb luck that will occur this year.
- 2. It is best to have a map of the terrain as it existed. Time has changed that landscape. 
- 3. The Militiamen are not quite the same as the Minutemen but they work together.
- 4. To this day, no one knows which side fired the first shot at Lexington, but the first shot at Concord was probably British.
- 5. And remember... both sides think this is going to be a short war. It has to be. Right?
One If By Land, Two If By SeaIt is the 18th of April, but Paul Revere is NOT on the opposite shore! He at the top of the bell town of Christ Church in Boston. The British are coming "by sea." They will cross the harbor (I thought they said "by sea") and head for Lexington to arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock for the Boston Tea Party vandalism. Paul lights two lanterns. It is the prearranged signal in case he cannot get out of Boston. Then Paul rows across the harbor to the opposite shore. (Finally!) He is a member of the Sons of Liberty and the Committee of Correspondence. If the British catch him, he could betray them all. He borrows a horse and by 11 PM he is on his way. (Wait! He was supposed to ride at midnight! Another childhood dream is shattered!) Paul has a backup. William Dawes already left at 9:30 PM, going the long way around. Paul reaches Lexington by midnight, waking every home along the way. A sentry tells Paul to stop making so much noise. Paul replies, "You'll have noise enough before long. The regulars are coming out!" Revere will help Adams and Hancock escape but later Revere will be captured by a British patrol. He will make his way back to Lexington on foot. 
Parker's Stand! The Battle of Lexington GreenBritish General Thomas Gage doesn't want this fight, but he has his orders. He has received intelligence of military stores at Concord including brass cannons. He sends 700 infantry the 20 miles to Concord. The troops reach Lexington Green at dawn and are greeted by less than 100 of the Massachusetts Militia led by Captain John Parker. They are seriously outnumbered, but this is just a show of force. Then a shot rings out. Who fired first? No one knows for sure. Captain Parker orders his men to disperse, but it is too late. Muskets come up, and fire, fire, fire. 8 of his men lay dead, 1 of them a black slave. Parker retreats and regroups. He wants payback, and he is going to get it... real soon. 
- "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here." -- Captain John Parker at Lexington Green.