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A ‘shot heard round the world,’ in a drizzle

Lexington Militia lay dead and wounded on the ground as The King’s Regulars fire their muskets as reenactors depict the skirmish that took place on Lexington Common.
Lexington Militia lay dead and wounded on the ground as The King’s Regulars fire their muskets as reenactors depict the skirmish that took place on Lexington Common.(Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)

We know how this story turns out, but it’s still fun to watch 244 years later. Hundreds of spectators braved a drizzle on Lexington Green on Monday morning to witness the annual Patriots Day reenactment of “the shot heard round the world,’’ the first major conflict of the Revolutionary War. Just after dawn, the British regulars appeared, decked in Lobster red. Rank after rank marched onto the Common. Captain John Parker, who led the colonial militia, bellowed: “Steady, men!” There followed a shot of unknown provenance, followed by a barrage of musket fire that left eight Massachusetts men dead.

A sea of fire as British Revolutionary War reenactors fire one last round after the Battle on Lexington Green.
A sea of fire as British Revolutionary War reenactors fire one last round after the Battle on Lexington Green. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Aidan Davis, 7, of East Longmeadow wore his tricorn hat as he took in his first reenactment of the Battle of Lexington.
Aidan Davis, 7, of East Longmeadow wore his tricorn hat as he took in his first reenactment of the Battle of Lexington.(The Boston Globe)
Lexington Militia lined up.
Lexington Militia lined up. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Lexington Minute Men patrolled Lexington's Green.
Lexington Minute Men patrolled Lexington's Green.(Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Lexington Militia came under fire by The King’s Regulars.
Lexington Militia came under fire by The King’s Regulars.(Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
British soldiers walked past the Lexington dead and wounded.
British soldiers walked past the Lexington dead and wounded. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Lexington Milita confront The King’s Regulars.
Lexington Milita confront The King’s Regulars. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Women tended to the wounded.
Women tended to the wounded.(Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Spectators gathered pre-dawn to watch the Lexington Militia confront The King’s Regulars.
Spectators gathered pre-dawn to watch the Lexington Militia confront The King’s Regulars.(Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)