I've been unable to find an antagonist who fired the first shot who's side went

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  1. Alastar Packer profile image78
    Alastar Packerposted 4 years ago

    I've been unable to find an antagonist who fired the first shot who's side went on to win the war.

    Does anyone know of a major conflict where it's literally known who fired the first shot and their side went on to win the war?


  2. Nick Burchett profile image89
    Nick Burchettposted 4 years ago

    I don't think that it is possible. Every war has started over an event, a series of events, and even people, but I cannot imagine there is a single shot that started a war. Even the claim that Edmund Ruffin fired the first shot at Ft Sumter cannot be considered the first shot that started the war, it was again a series of events. Good question. If an answer pops up I'd be interested on the basis, but I think the question is unanswerable.

    1. Alastar Packer profile image78
      Alastar Packerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      You could be right, Nick, thanks for answering. I was just wondering with a loose theory that the side that fires the first shot, as at Sumter, loses the war. If true, then who fired first at Lexington may finally be answered. Just fun to ponder on.

    2. Nick Burchett profile image89
      Nick Burchettposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I see were you're going Alaster, using the Civil War again as an example, was Ft Sumter the first shot? I don't believe it was. Maybe the first shot was John Brown in Kansas, the Kansas Nebraska Act, Andrew Jackson & Nullification, AntiFederalist

    3. Alastar Packer profile image78
      Alastar Packerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      That's right, SC almost seceded in the 1830s. My thoughts were more on the generally considered first shot of a war. But your right again in that the theory probably can't be proven.

  3. profile image61
    DJ Andersonposted 4 years ago

    Dear Mr. Packer,

    I do believe you have left yourself wide open.
    There are literally thousands of the fairer sex
    that would vouch these words as gospel truth.
    Approximately once a month, we find ourselves
    forced into an antagonist role by the vexing
    hormones that flood throughout our bodies.
    When we decide that there will be a fight;
    you can bet your bottom dollar that the odds
    are in our favor. 

    We fixate on something as simple as a comment
    made in jest last week, nay, last year.  And, we
    seethe until the time is right.  The first shot is
    generally in an area thought to be a neutral zone,
    like over dinner.  While the enemy is looking for
    illumination, we take this time to reload.  As the
    male is checking to see if he still has an ass behind
    him, we are already mounted on our brooms and
    are flying around the room.

    Not only do we fire the first shot, but we continue
    to fight and win the battle and eventually the war.
    Not to worry, it is all over in around 7 days.  By
    that time, the arsenic has left the hapless body.

    I hope this was helpful.  


  4. Alastar Packer profile image78
    Alastar Packerposted 4 years ago

    Wonderful DJ! Absolutely wonderful. You've answered my question exquisitely!smile

  5. Phyllis Doyle profile image94
    Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years ago

    Are you talking about the American Revolutionary War, Alastar?

    The first shot fired was at Buckman's Tavern in Lexington. (see Battles of Lexington and Concord). Captain John Parker had militia troops in formation, ready for the British troops who were fast approaching Lexington.

    The British were intimidating and threatening the militia when a shot was fired. To this day no one knows for sure exactly who fired the shot. It has been widely believed that a colonist hiding behind bushes or a wall fired that shot at this first battle of the Rev War. And we all know who won the war.

    1. Alastar Packer profile image78
      Alastar Packerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It was a general question Phyllis with a pic a Ft Sumter used as an example. Your right about it being unknown there and that was a premise of my theory that the side that is known to have fired the first shot loses the war. If true then the redcoats


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