Walking with his fellow colonists about a mile and a half south of Lexington, Adam wonders why he doesn't simply go home there. He tells Cousin Simmons that what they are doing makes no a sense, who replies that in wartime that is the case. Adam adds he has had enough of war and killing, and Cousin Simmons agrees but adds they cannot stop because blood has already been spilled. Adam asks when it will end, and Cousin Simmons say it will end when the British are driven away. Adam notes this will take maybe years, and again Cousin Simmons agrees. Adam states that he wants to go home and Cousin Simmons points out the redcoats are likely already entering Lexington at the moment. Cousin Simmons adds that he wishes Adam was out of this, but notes that people already know him to be the son of Moses Cooper, who was killed in the massacre, and thus had expectations placed on him.
The men stopped at a hillock dubbed the Indian burying ground, and Adam
remembers how his father spoke of how the Indians left their dead in the
open, again stirring feelings of regret about Moses. Adam then heard someone
shout that Lexington was burning, and the men saw smoke from the north.
They later discovered that only three buildings were burned down, but
at the moment they believed the entire village was set to torch. Adam
expressed concern for his family to Cousin Simmons, who said that Granny
would never hide in the cellar and be trapped, though Simmons in turn
is concerned for what his own family will do. The men talked about driving
the British out of town, but Solomon Chandler pointed out that the British
will be heading back to Boston before nightfall. Three Committeemen then
arrived on horseback with news that they had a hundred men waiting a mile
away at Menotomy Road. A relief army of fifteen hundred redcoats had passed
through Lexington an hour ago an din another hour they'd be marching back
to Boston. The Committeemen were gathering up........
Adam falling asleep in the middle of the battle is a pacifist statement: he
refuses to fight anymore and so succumbs to his fatigue rather than engage
in more violence. One may wonder what the world would be like if everyone
in battle simply decided to take a nap instead; such a dismissive tone
can be found later in the 1960s counterculture, with the..........
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