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Landscape Changes (HMC6E)

Location: Charlottesville, MA 22902 Middlesex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 27.211', W 71° 18.502'

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At the time of the Battle, this area was a cleared pasture owned by Samuel Brooks, whose house is on Battle Road before you. In contrast to today's forested landscape, the 1775 landscape was predominantly open farmland.

A common myth about the fighting on April 19th is that the Colonists hid in the woods and fired at the British column. In fact, there were only occasional woodlots; cover was more often provided by stone walls, houses and outbuildings.

Whenever you see a stone wall through or along woods, it means that historically the area was cleared. Farmers removed the stones to utilize the fields, and they often piled them into walls rather than cart them away.
HM NumberHMC6E
Placed ByMinute Man National Historical Park
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 4:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 310185 N 4702713
Decimal Degrees42.45351667, -71.30836667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 27.211', W 71° 18.502'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 27' 12.66" N, 71° 18' 30.12" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300 Battle Rd Trail, Charlottesville MA 22902, US
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