Powder Horn

Concord area, about 1775
Cow horn, maple
Gift of Frederick S. Richardson, Peter H. Richardson,
and Joan R. Fay (1994) 1994.63

The owner of this horn, Amos Barrett (1752-1829) of Concord, was at the North Bridge on April 19, 1775, when the colonists clashed with British soldiers. Barrett vividly recalled fifty years later what he saw and did that fateful day: “We were all ordered to load, and had strict orders not to fire till they fired first, then to fire as fast as we could.”