Colonel James Barrett

Born 1732 in Concord Massachusetts
Died 1779 in Concord Massachusetts


Colonel James Barrett was one of the primary figures in the events surrounding the first battle of the American Revolution.

The chief objective of the British march through Middlesex County on April 19, 1775, was to seize military supplies stored on Colonel Barrett's farm in Concord. However, the townspeople had received advance warning of the British plan.

So the soldiers who reached the farm that morning found neither the weapons, which had been moved or hidden, nor Colonel Barrett, who at that very moment was leading the Middlesex militia as they prepared to engage the Redcoats at the North Bridge.