Can I ask a dumb question? What is 'North Bridge?'


September 23, 2003, 12:59 PM
I saw a few references to "North Bridge" on here in a couple of threads, and I have to admit, I have no clue what that refers to. I know it refers to a historical event of some type... can someone straighten me out?


P.S. Apologies to the moderators is this is not satisfactorily related to firearms. :confused:

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September 23, 2003, 01:08 PM
IRRC, the "old north bridge" at Lexington / Concord

IOW, the "rude bridge that arched the flood" (Emerson)

September 23, 2003, 01:23 PM
Here is a short article which may help you.

Ian Sean
September 23, 2003, 04:20 PM
Whats my signature line?.....................

September 23, 2003, 07:16 PM
Aw man, I opened this thread hoping to see something about the north and south bridges on computer motherboards. :(

September 23, 2003, 10:01 PM
Kevlarman, that's exactly where I was going as well. Great minds twist alike.

September 23, 2003, 10:18 PM
"Whats my signature line?....................."

Um, don't you know?

Hint: Look at the bottom of your posts.


September 24, 2003, 01:30 PM
Here ya go. The NorthBridge is that thingy with the round fan near the center of this here Abit motherboard. ;)

4v50 Gary
September 24, 2003, 01:48 PM
Now that's one fine map of Lexington to Concord and darn if the place isn't overdeveloped now. Nobody believes in battlefield preservation anymore. :(

September 24, 2003, 03:33 PM
I believe that nVidia likes to call their northbridge the IGP, and their southbridge the MCP. :D

Seriously, what's the historical significance?

Dave R
September 24, 2003, 04:15 PM
That's where the American Revolution started.

When the British tried to disarm a bunch of colonial right wing gun nuts who didn't want to pay taxes (apologies to a political cartoon.)

September 24, 2003, 08:40 PM
and their southbridge the MCP

That darn Master Control Program! Did we learn nothing from Tron, people? Nothing? :D

September 24, 2003, 09:07 PM
End of line.

So the North Bridge is where the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired?

September 25, 2003, 10:51 AM
"By the rude bridge that arched the flood
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled
Here once the embattled farmer stood
and fired the shot heard round the world"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One stanza of a poem written for the dedication of a monument at the site.

I might have the rest of it in a dusty book somewhere, but that is all that I can remember.

Molon Labe!

September 25, 2003, 08:29 PM
"So the North Bridge is where the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired?"

Or in close proximity thereof. The first skirmish and shots fired took place in Lexington. This is where British Major Pitcairn's forces scattered Militia Captain Parkers' forces after a shot rang out from an unknown shooter or shooters. The British forces continued on to Concord, location of both North and South Bridge. So far the action was going in favor of the British as they expected.

However, the Militia reformed and marched on the British guarding the North Bridge. A firefight again broke out, this time the Americans got the upper hand and forced the British to begin their long retreat to Boston. It was this action which featured the "shot heard 'round the world" since this was the first time the Americans faced the British and came away victorious.

I would suggest the book, "The Day The American Revolution Began" by William H. Hallahan as a good telling of that fateful day and the way the reports spread among the colonies.

September 26, 2003, 01:11 AM
I don't think that particular thing was exactly about taxes. IIRC, the purpose of the Major's raid was to confiscate "government-only" weapons, that is, cannons and large amounts of powder, from those presumptuous
private citizens, er, subjects.

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