Every one of them put to Death
In Lexington, the column of Regulars was relieved by 1,000 fresh troops — including artillery troops equipped with two cannon — under the command of Brigadier General Hugh Percy. The firing of the cannon scattered the Provincials long enough to allow the Regulars half an hour to rest and treat their wounded.
Percy’s relief did not spare the Regulars hours more of marching under fire on their way back through Menotomy and West Cambridge (now Arlington) toward Boston. Provincials who took cover in houses to fire on the main body of Regulars sometimes found themselves surrounded by Regulars who killed everyone they found within. In the home of Jason Russell, eleven Provincials who had just arrived from Danvers, Beverly, Lynn, Salem, Dedham, and Needham were surrounded and killed in this way, and Russell himself was killed on his doorstep.