September 11 was proclaimed Patriot Day in 2003 by President Bush. It should not be confused with Patriot’s Day, April 19, commemorating the start of the Revolution. On that day, what was meant to be a quiet confiscation of arms ended up instead as a violent clash of arms.
The Ministry in London had ordered Gen. Thomas Gage in Boston to quell rebellion in Massachusetts by capturing Samuel Adams and John Hancock, but Gage chose instead what he thought would be a less incendiary step, the capture of arms at Concord. The expedition, meant to be secret, was well known to the colonials and was hampered by hours of delay.
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