Adam Cooper started out as a fifteen-year-old boy, but became a fifteen-year-old man. In the beginning, Adam could not get along with his father, Moses Cooper, and truly believed that his father hated him. Moses was always getting on to Adam for everything he did. In Moses’ eyes his boy could do better than he let on if he would only apply himself a little bit more. “There was nothing that a Cooper man couldn’t do.”
Moses was a large man who could argue his way out of anything, his reputation for argumentation was known throughout the entire area. He held very strongly to his views and would not budge for anything, except perhaps his mother Goody Cooper. Because of Moses’ gift of gab he was a member of the Lexington Committee. On the night of Moses’ committee meeting Adam asked if he could go with to the meetinghouse with his father. Moses told him that the day he started acting and thinking like a man then Adam could go. So instead of going to the meeting with his father Adam met his cousin Ruth Simmons. Ruth also happened to be Adam’s best friend and love interest, and since they were just “second-cousins, once removed” that made it alright for him to have feeling her. They talked and argued and ended up kissing. It was Adam’s first kiss and the first time he felt like a man.
Anyways, when Moses got home he told Sarah, his wife and Adam’s mother, what had happened at the meeting. They had discussed the military, more of a militia actually, Moses did not agree with the whole idea of a militia at all. Sarah told Moses how Adam felt about him hating his son and Moses just couldn’t believe it. He really loved Adam very much and was saddened to hear that Adam had felt that way. So Sarah read to him and they all went to bed.
That night Adam’s little brother Levi had a bad dream and came into Adam’s room in the middle of the night. Adam didn’t believe in dreams and tried to console him. While standing at the window Levi heard hoof beats. After a moment there was a man on horseback yelling something that they could not hear. All the committeemen met and discovered that the British army was on their way. The Committee made a muster list for all the men to sign that was a part of their militia. When Adam decided that he would sign his father seen him and almost wouldn’t let him. After the signing Adam went back to the house and, against his mothers wishes, Adam and his father Moses got there guns and provisions and left for the common. On the way out to the common Moses put his arm around Adam and showed true emotion towards him. Adam was truly touched and as the night progressed kept feeling more and more like a man.
The Committee had suspected that when the British made there way to Lexington that they would talk to the redcoats and work things out. The Committee elected the Reverend as their spokesman because he was the only unarmed man. When the British arrived at Lexington they just began firing and Moses was shot twice in the chest....