Today in History: John Parker & the Minutemen

Today in History–July 13–the Library of Congress features minuteman John Parker, born in Lexington, Massachusetts on this day in 1729. Find out more about the first shots in the U.S. war for independence and those who fought by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources and learning resources.

Statue of Captain Parker, on the green at Lexington, Mass.

Captain Parker minute men historical newspaper coverage

Minutemen primary source set

Minute men sheet music

Learning from the Source: Minutemen & the Start of the Revolution

Revolutionary War era resources