I was at Lexington today, where the first shot was fired on April 19th 1775. Present there under Colonel Francis Smith was a force of 800 men consisting of the light and grenadier companies of the Royal Marines, 4th (King's Own), 5th (Northumberland Fusiliers), 10th (Lincolns), 18th (Royal Irish), 23rd (Royal Welch Fusiliers), 43rd (1st Ox & Bucks LI), 38th (1st South Staffordshires), 47th (1st Loyals), 52nd (2nd Ox & Bucks LI), and 59th (2nd East Lancashires). These troops were joined later in the day by a 1,000 strong brigade under Colonel Lord Percy consisting of the line companies of the RM, 4th, 23rd, and 47th, together with a Royal Artillery detachment. Total British casualties during the fight at Concord and the long and bitter retreat to Boston were about 300, nearly 17% of the total force engaged and about three times the total Patriot losses. (The Americans fought most of the battle under the cover of stone walls, trees, and houses, while the British were in column along a long, winding road.) Percy undoubtedly saved Smith from being wiped out and he did very well to get the column back to Boston, but the operation was a disaster all the same.