Taken from the left side of the monument, “The Minute Man” looks glorious as he stands proudly in the middle of the Lexington Battle Green. The bronze statue depicts a farmer holding a musket that is propped against his left knee as he stares straight ahead with the utmost intensity. His gaze alone is enough to terrify any enemies on the battlefield and send them running away in complete fear.The base of the monument is composed of an unevenly shaped pile of rocks, and bushes grow in-between them. A number of luscious trees surround the monument and add some softness to the statue's harsh, cold exterior. Several wooden houses also line the adjacent street and peek out behind the leaves of the trees. The whole area is kept perfectly clean and the grasses are properly trimmed, which demonstrates the great deal of respect that locals hold for the statue, as well as for the historic value of the Lexington Battle Green.
A Minuteman is a civilian who independently and voluntarily joined a civilian militia. They were trained in battle tactics, combat, and weaponry, especially during the American Revolutionary War. The name was derived from the men's availability and readiness to participate in service within a minute’s notice. Their existence provided the military with extra force because the eagerness of these men allowed them to be highly mobile without the need for constant maintenance.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.
If you like this photograph and would like to expand your knowledge more, follow these links as well: Captain Parker - Monument on the Lexington Green, and Memorial of the Gloucester Fisherman.