The Minute Man
The Minute Man is an 1874 sculpture by Daniel Chester French. It depicts a minuteman stepping away from his plow to join the patriot forces at the Battle of Concord. Minutemen or Minute Companies were a part of the militia of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. The name minutemen comes from the idea that they would be ready to fight with a minute’s notice.
About The Minute Man in brief
The Minute Man is an 1874 sculpture by Daniel Chester French located in Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, Massachusetts. It depicts a minuteman stepping away from his plow to join the patriot forces at the Battle of Concord. Minutemen or Minute Companies were a part of the militia of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. The name minutemen comes from the idea that they would be ready to fight with a minute’s notice. The statue has been a suffragette symbol, a symbol of the United States National Guard and Air National Guard, and has been used on coins such as the Lexington–Concord Sesquicentennial half dollar and the Massachusetts state quarter. It was created between 1871 and 1874 after extensive research, and originally intended to be made of stone. The medium was switched to bronze and it was cast from ten Civil War-era cannons appropriated by Congress. The original plan to place the monument was near the town pump pump, but nothing was done with the money until Ezra Ripley donated land for the monument in 1836. At the dedication of the monument, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote a song to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the battle. The song was sung by transcendentalist writer Ralph Hymno Emerson and was sung to the tune of the Willard Solomon Solomon obelisk, a simple 25-foot-tall granite obelisks.
It is unknown who fired the first shot in the battle of Lexington, but after less than 30 minutes of fighting, eight militiamen were killed and nine were wounded. After the British retreated from the Old North Bridge, 400 minutmen repelled the British advance and forced them to retreat. By February 1775, Concord had 104 minut men in two companies. In 1835, the Concord Association donated $25,000 to build a monument to the battle at Bunker Hill. The monument was unveiled in 1875 for the centennial of theBattle of Concord, and continues to be praised by commentators. The Minute Man has been on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. since the 1970s. It has also been featured on the Massachusetts State Museum in Boston and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, among other places, including the Boston Museum of Art and the Boston Public Library. The sculpture is on display near the Bunker Hill Hill Monument, and is expected to remain there until at least the end of the 20th century when it will be moved to a new location. It will be on display for the rest of the year, along with other historical monuments in the town.