Armed American civilians who were active in the Revolutionary War and in the period just preceding the war. They were named Minutemen because they were ready to fight alongside regular soldiers at a moment's notice. The Minutemen of Massachusetts were especially well known. (See Battle of Lexington and Concord.)
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She founded Minutemen American Defense several years ago, supposedly to keep America safe from “illegals.”
Other rumors swirling around the Phoenix area pin the killing on Minutemen or narcotraficantes.
Hearing shots in that direction, the British hurried back, to find their men falling rapidly beneath the fire of the minutemen.The Story of the Thirteen Colonies|H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
No one saw the minutemen march and countermarch, and no one could hear their feet in the soft grass.Boys and Girls of Colonial Days|Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Soon after dawn of April 19 the British troops approached Lexington where they found sixty or seventy minutemen under arms.The Colonization of North America|Herbert Eugene Bolton
Although he acted with the greatest secrecy, he was unable to keep his plans from the watchful minutemen.
About two hundred of them stood guard at the North Bridge, while a body of minutemen gathered on a hill on the opposite side.