Old North Bridge and Battle Monument
“The Old North Bridge spans the Concord River at the battle ground. Originally it was a wooden structure and of recent years a concrete bridge was erected patterned after the old one.”
A visit to the Minute Man National Historic Park is a stop outside of Boston, worth making when coming to Massachusetts. It is in this area that the American War of Independence began, on April 19, 1775.
Old North Bridge – Another View
“This is where the Battle of Concord took place. (I am not sure of the word here) drove over it.”
Off in the distance, you can see the Minute Man statue, by Daniel Chester French, the man who sculpted President Abraham Lincoln, at the memorial in Washington D.C.
We have taken quite a few people to see this iconic spot, including my Aunt Helen
You cannot drive over it today!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.