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Photo 5: Minute Man. [Photo 5] with link to larger version of photo.
(Courtesy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation)

This larger-than-life-sized bronze sculpture stands at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. The statue was unveiled on April 19, 1875, the centennial of the battles of Concord and Lexington, the opening shots of the Revolutionary War. The first stanza of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Concord Hymn, a famous poem much recited by school children of the day, is carved on the base:

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.

Questions for Photo 5

1. How old was French when the status was dedicated? Why was this sculpture important to him?

2. French's first sketch for the Minute Man was of an awkward militia man grasping a musket and with legs wide apart, as if preparing to run into battle. The final version showed the man standing resolute with one hand holding his gun and the other placed firmly on a plow. Do you think the addition of the plow was important? Why or why not?

* The photo on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 5, but be aware that the file will take as much as 20 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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