Deposition Taken by Order of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts
Lexington, April 25, 1775.
We, Benjamin Tidd, of Lexington, and Joseph Abbott, of Lincoln, in the County of Middlesex, and Colony of Massachusetts-Bay, in New-England, of lawful age, do testify and declare, that on thq morning of the nineteenth of April instant, about five o' clock, being on Lexington common, and mounted on horses, we saw a body of Regular Troops marching up to the Lexington Company which was then dispersing. Soon after the Regulars fired first a few guns, which we took to be pistols from some of the Regulars who were mounted on horses, and then the said Regulars fired a volley or two before any guns were fired by the Lexington Company. Our horses immediately started and we rode off. And further saith not.