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The Acton minutemen were led by Captain Isaac Davis.When a company was needed to lead the advance on the bridge which was defended by the British regulars, Captain Davis was heard to reply, "I haven't a man who is afraid to go." The Acton men led because, unlike other militias there, they were fully equipped with bayonets.The racial makeup of the town was 77.3% White, 18.6% Asian, 1.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.2% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races.
At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, on April 19, 1775, a company of minutemen from Acton responded to the call to arms initiated by Paul Revere (who rode with other riders, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott, with Prescott the only one of the three who was able reach Acton itself) and fought at the North Bridge in Concord as part of the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
Both stream systems empty into the Assabet River, which passes briefly through the town at its southern corner.
Nagog Pond in the north, forms Acton's border with the Town of Littleton and provides drinking water to the Town of Concord.
The population density was 1,080.5 per square mile (417.0/km²).
There were 8,530 total housing units, 96% of which were occupied, at an average density of 384.6 per square mile (148.5/km²).There were also a powder mill, three gristmills and four sawmills in town. The Fitchburg Railroad was routed through South and West Acton so that it could serve the mills.South Acton became a busy rail center and was the division point for the Marlborough Branch Railroad.In addition, Wills Hole and Grassy Pond are kettle ponds which were formed in depressions in the till formed by large blocks of ice.