Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Philatelic Photograph: Minuteman Statue - Concord, MA

Concord Minuteman Statue
Concord, MA 

N 42° 28.131 W 071° 21.074

Short Description: 

The Concord Minuteman statue by Daniel Chester French is located at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts.

Long Description:

The Concord Minuteman is one of Daniel Chester French's most famous and beloved sculptures. It is located in Concord, MA next to the North Bridge on the west bank of the Concord River facing the bridge.

The 10 year long feud between the British government and the American colonists came to a climax as British regulars clashed with colonial militia and minutemen on April 19, 1775 at Lexington, Concord's North Bridge and on the road back to Boston. This led into the eight year war for independence. Many years later, Ralph Waldo Emerson used the phrase "the shot heard round the world" to describe the significance of this event.

This statue was placed to commemorate these events 100 years later. The statue was cast in bronze at the Ames Foundry in Chicopee, MA. The stamp was issued by the united States in 1925 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

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