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Mustering with history

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Re-enactors from the Sturbridge Militiamen line up on the Town Common Saturday for the annual muster commemorating the town’s participation in the skirmishes with British regulars at Lexington in 1775. Shawn Kelley. (click for larger version)
June 30, 2009
STURBRIDGE — On April 19, 1775, a call went out to militiamen all across Massachusetts to rally in Lexington to halt British soldiers headed to confiscate Patriot weapons stores in Concord. It would become one of the most famous battles in American history and igniting the Revolutionary War.

Though only 77 militiamen made it to Lexington, by the time the English had advanced to Concord, approximately 3,500 local minutemen were waiting.

Among those responding to the call of duty was a contingent of men from Sturbridge, who departed from the Town Common, then known as the "Training Grounds," and regrouped in Worcester before making their way to Boston.

For more than 15 years, re-enactors the Sturbridge Militiamen have been following in — some of — those same footsteps in an annual muster, or drill exercise, like the one held on the Town Common this past Saturday.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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