two and three o'clock his column reached Lexington
about opposite the present high school and there, opening their ranks, received into that welcome shelter Smith
's exhausted troops.
It was nearly four o'clock when the British
forces again moved.
Their progress, marked by pillage and burning, evidenced Percy
's conception of the warfare that his exigencies warranted.
The Minute Men, now bitterly aroused, continued the attack down the road into the present Arlington
There the Americans
, under General Heath
and Doctor Warren
, rallied and attacked Percy
's rear guard.
Here some eighteen hundred men reinforced the Provincials.
Among these companies are all those who are definitely known to have marched through Medford
earlier in the day. Here are listed as entering the battle Captain Hall
, fifty-nine men; Captain Blaney
, seventy-five men; Captain Bancroft
, thirty-eight men; and eight companies of Danvers
men, totaling three hundred and thirty-one men. It thus appears that these companies, among others, may have been definitely held at Menotomy
, or in the uncertainty that attended the direction of the unorganized American forces, that they awaited the developments of the day at this point.
At the base of Pierce's hill
, now Arlington heights
, the battle raged along the highway to Arlington
Between the house of Jason Russell
, still standing on Jason street, and the center of the village, the fighting reached its climax.
Altogether in Arlington
on that afternoon twenty-five Provincials fell or were mortally wounded.
Among them were Henry Putnam
and William Polly
It was between five and six o'clock that Percy
crossed into Cambridge
, then into the present city of Somerville
at the corner of Beach and Elm streets, down Somerville avenue into Union square, and so on down Washington street along the then Cambridge road. Soon after sunset the column reached Charlestown