The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first skirmishes between Britain and the colonists. First came Lexington. There, the colonists had many guns and arms stored- arms that they had stolen from England. When the first shot was fired, no one knows who, everyone else started firing. The colonists were forced to retreat, but succeeded in slowing the army down. When Britain had finally gotten to Concord, there was an American army waiting for them. This time, the Americans had finally gotten the Redcoats to retreat, harassing them with militiamen all the way back to where they were supposed to be.