700 British soldiers were commanded to raid American militia storage buildings to steal supplies and capture Samuel Adams and John Hancock. At Lexington, the British had an easy fight. The Minute Men fought back, but retreated with 8 dead and many more wounded. The British soldiers moved on to Concord, expecting the same to happen again. The Minute Men at Concord, however, hid behind stone walls and returned fire. The British soldiers retreated with 70 dead and some 300 wounded.