Deposition No. 12: 1775 April 23. Thomas Fessenden; Lexington Massachusetts.
Fessenden testifies that he was a in a pasture near the meeting house at Lexington about a half hour before sunrise, when he saw a number of Regular Troops pass towards a company of militia. One of three officers on horseback cried out for the militia to disperse and waved his sword over his head. A second officer pointed his pistol at the militia and fired. The first officer pointed down with his sword and the regular troops fired. Fessenden ran off, and testifies that as soon as the original officer ordered the militia to disperse, they began to do so.