Toward sunset the fatigued regulars returned to Cambridge in full retreat.
At Watson’s Corner (the present intersection of
Rindge and Massachusetts avenues) Cambridge patriots lay in wait behind a pile of barrels at, but were surprised by flanking
redcoats. John Hicks and Moses Richardson of Cambridge and Isaac Gardner of Brookline were killed, as was
William Marcy, a "simple-minded youth" who thought he was watching a parade. A marker at 2158 Massachusetts Avenue
commemorates the skirmish.
Down the street, at Cooper’s Tavern, the redcoats turned off the main
road onto the present Beech Street. They avoided
the ambush in Harvard Square, but several British soldiers died in a second skirmish near the corner of Beech and Elm streets.
The remaining British troops retreated to Charlestown.
Charlestown near miss for the (Salem Militia)