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

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by BHPshooter, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. BHPshooter

    BHPshooter Well-Known Member

    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:
  2. TallPine

    TallPine Well-Known Member

    IRRC, the "old north bridge" at Lexington / Concord

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

    FPrice Well-Known Member

  4. Ian Sean

    Ian Sean Well-Known Member

    Whats my signature line?.....................
  5. Kevlarman

    Kevlarman Well-Known Member

    Aw man, I opened this thread hoping to see something about the north and south bridges on computer motherboards. :(
  6. BryanP

    BryanP Well-Known Member

    Kevlarman, that's exactly where I was going as well. Great minds twist alike.
  7. FPrice

    FPrice Well-Known Member

    Ian Sean...

    "Whats my signature line?....................."

    Um, don't you know?

    Hint: Look at the bottom of your posts.

  8. SanduneCC

    SanduneCC Well-Known Member

    Here ya go. The NorthBridge is that thingy with the round fan near the center of this here Abit motherboard. ;)

  9. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks SanduneCC...

    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. :(
  10. Kevlarman

    Kevlarman Well-Known Member

    I believe that nVidia likes to call their northbridge the IGP, and their southbridge the MCP. :D

    Seriously, what's the historical significance?
  11. Dave R

    Dave R Well-Known Member

    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.)
  12. GSB

    GSB Well-Known Member

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

    Kevlarman Well-Known Member

    End of line.

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

    TallPine Well-Known Member

    "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!
  15. FPrice

    FPrice Well-Known Member


    "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.
  16. Orthonym

    Orthonym Well-Known Member

    Apologies to Dave R, but

    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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