Battles of Lexington and Concord 2018

Battles of Lexington and Concord | April 14th, 2018  

Massachusetts is known as one of the most historic destinations in the nation. One of its biggest claims to fame being the location of the Revolutionary War, fought from Virginia to upstate NY to Pennsylvania to New Hampshire. The 13 original colonies took part in the battles , this year being the 243rd anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Many define this war as what determined the spirit of the American people by not backing down and seeking independence. Because of this, people come from all over the world to see the modern day reenactments of the battles take place on the same soil as the original patriots.

Wearing period clothing, muskets in hand and a wealth of knowledge, Hannes Klein and hundreds of other participates work to keep history relevant by reenacting these events. 

Klein’s participation is slightly unconventional from his counterparts. Being born in Germany and raised in Switzerland, he found his love of the reenactments through his 14-year-old son, Gavin, who’s a real “history buff.” Starting three years ago, the father-son duo have been staples for the Lincoln Minuteman Companies reenactments, Klein even garnering the honor of Sergeant Major, a voted position which is second in command.

Klein, who is an energy conservation engineer, sees these reenactments as ways of re-living historical events, such as these battles, which to him are extremely valuable learning lessons to everyone, no matter the age or where they are from saying, “We learn from history, and if we don’t we get nowhere. It’s that simple. And it just seems to keep happening that certain historical events just keep regurgitating itself.” Klein believes many of the movements that are in public view today are repeating itself going on to say, “We didn’t get the message a thousand years ago, we still don’t get the message. How about we change the message.” Through these reenactments Klein hopes to help spur on the change he wants to see in people by reliving the past to make a better future.

Bolton, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes Klein puts on his colonial vest while preparing to participate in the reenactment of the 243rd anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. “The reason I’m doing it because I think it’s important that we keep that part of our history alive. Kids now don’t really realize what happened back then,” said Klein. This is Klein’s third time taking part in the reenactments.

Bolton, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes Klein puts on his colonial vest while preparing to participate in the reenactment of the 243rd anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. “The reason I’m doing it because I think it’s important that we keep that part of our history alive. Kids now don’t really realize what happened back then,” said Klein. This is Klein’s third time taking part in the reenactments.

Bolton, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes Klein fills his colonial period wood canteen in preparations for the Battles of Lexington and Concord reenactments. Klein does the reenactments with his son, Gavin Klein. This year they are on opposite sides of the battlefield but Hannes Klein won’t let that tension seep into their household, “he’s only 14 so it’s my way or the highway.”

Bolton, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes Klein fills his colonial period wood canteen in preparations for the Battles of Lexington and Concord reenactments. Klein does the reenactments with his son, Gavin Klein. This year they are on opposite sides of the battlefield but Hannes Klein won’t let that tension seep into their household, “he’s only 14 so it’s my way or the highway.”

Bolton, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes and Gavin Klein load up the car before setting out to the Battle of Lexington and Concord reenactments in Minuteman National Park. Although Hannes Klein enjoys reenacting the battles he said cars are “a lot better than horse and carriage.”

Bolton, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes and Gavin Klein load up the car before setting out to the Battle of Lexington and Concord reenactments in Minuteman National Park. Although Hannes Klein enjoys reenacting the battles he said cars are “a lot better than horse and carriage.”

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes and Gavin Klein check in for the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Hannes Klein says that the Battle of Lexington is iconic in the reenactment scene saying, “this is like almost one of the battles you have to have. You have to have fought on the battle green in Lexington.” This year the reenactments fell on the same day as a marathon being run in the Minuteman National Park.

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes and Gavin Klein check in for the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Hannes Klein says that the Battle of Lexington is iconic in the reenactment scene saying, “this is like almost one of the battles you have to have. You have to have fought on the battle green in Lexington.” This year the reenactments fell on the same day as a marathon being run in the Minuteman National Park.

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - On a brisk spring morning Hannes Klein makes his way to the preparations area for the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Klein has been apart of the Lincoln Minuteman Company for three years, this year being voted to be the Sergeant Major, second in command.

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - On a brisk spring morning Hannes Klein makes his way to the preparations area for the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Klein has been apart of the Lincoln Minuteman Company for three years, this year being voted to be the Sergeant Major, second in command.

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes Klein heckles a passer byer wearing a red jacket, the color of the “regulars,” also known as the British in the Revolutionary War. Klein sees his job as a reenactor as much more than just reenacting the events saying, “we as reenactors our job is actually to reenact history and also be a translator for history.”    

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes Klein heckles a passer byer wearing a red jacket, the color of the “regulars,” also known as the British in the Revolutionary War. Klein sees his job as a reenactor as much more than just reenacting the events saying, “we as reenactors our job is actually to reenact history and also be a translator for history.”    

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Lincoln Minuteman Company Sergeant Major, Hannes Klein, laughs as he heckles a passer byer for wearing the color red on the day of the Battle of Lexington and Concord reenactments. Klein, who used to participate in theatre says, “the part I like the most is mingling with the crowd.”

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Lincoln Minuteman Company Sergeant Major, Hannes Klein, laughs as he heckles a passer byer for wearing the color red on the day of the Battle of Lexington and Concord reenactments. Klein, who used to participate in theatre says, “the part I like the most is mingling with the crowd.”

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - A young girl asks Battle of Lexington and Concord reenactor Hannes Klein questions about the Revolutionary War on his way to the battles. Klein loves the Revolutionary War because, “I always say ‘because of these guys with their sticks and their round balls we can have a free discussion, we can speak our minds and we’re not being persecuted because of it’ … and that to me is very important that they realized that.”

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - A young girl asks Battle of Lexington and Concord reenactor Hannes Klein questions about the Revolutionary War on his way to the battles. Klein loves the Revolutionary War because, “I always say ‘because of these guys with their sticks and their round balls we can have a free discussion, we can speak our minds and we’re not being persecuted because of it’ … and that to me is very important that they realized that.”

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Sergeant Major of the Lincoln Minuteman Company Hannes Klein hands out orders to reenactors participating in the Battle of Lexington and Concord battles. All men between 16 and 60 in the colonies were expected to be apart of the militia during the Revolutionary War.

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Sergeant Major of the Lincoln Minuteman Company Hannes Klein hands out orders to reenactors participating in the Battle of Lexington and Concord battles. All men between 16 and 60 in the colonies were expected to be apart of the militia during the Revolutionary War.

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes Klein gets his gear checked by Jim Hollister prior to the start of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. In light of the recent political climate on lookers often bring up the gun debate but Klein says, “now of course with the whole gun debate they say ‘guys stay out of it’ because we don’t want that to be overshadowing the whole event.”

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes Klein gets his gear checked by Jim Hollister prior to the start of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. In light of the recent political climate on lookers often bring up the gun debate but Klein says, “now of course with the whole gun debate they say ‘guys stay out of it’ because we don’t want that to be overshadowing the whole event.”

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes Klein looks onto the fourth battalion members prior to walking to the battle ground. All guns used in the reenactments are direct replicas of what the militia would have used.  “You can still buy the replicas, they’re readily available … They go anywhere from $600 to $1200 dollars.”

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes Klein looks onto the fourth battalion members prior to walking to the battle ground. All guns used in the reenactments are direct replicas of what the militia would have used.  “You can still buy the replicas, they’re readily available … They go anywhere from $600 to $1200 dollars.”

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Two young boy scouts look on as Hannes Klein rallies the troops for the 243rd anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Klein says that the battle still garners a large crowd even in the inclement of weather.

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Two young boy scouts look on as Hannes Klein rallies the troops for the 243rd anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Klein says that the battle still garners a large crowd even in the inclement of weather.

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes Klein leads his men from the fourth battalion of the Lincoln Minuteman Company away from enemy fire during the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The reenactors do not use bullets in their guns, instead relying on powder to convey the shots.

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Hannes Klein leads his men from the fourth battalion of the Lincoln Minuteman Company away from enemy fire during the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The reenactors do not use bullets in their guns, instead relying on powder to convey the shots.

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Members of the militia celebrate after defeating the “regulars” in the Battles of Lexington and Concord. “To me it’s kind of interesting [because] they come out there to see us shoot our muskets, and that’s pretty much the extent and they don’t know anything that’s past that, and that’s our job to do that,” said Hannes Klein.

Lincoln, MA - April 14th, 2018 - Members of the militia celebrate after defeating the “regulars” in the Battles of Lexington and Concord. “To me it’s kind of interesting [because] they come out there to see us shoot our muskets, and that’s pretty much the extent and they don’t know anything that’s past that, and that’s our job to do that,” said Hannes Klein.