]]Minutemen were members of teams of select men from the colonial militia who vowed to be ready for battle (against the British during the American Revolution) -- within a two minute notice. These teams consisted about a fourth of the entire militia, and generally were the younger and more mobile, serving as part of a network for early response to any threat. Minuteman and sons of liberty member Paul Revere spread the news that "the regulars are coming out" when the British marched towards the arsenal in Concord to collect the patriots' weapons.Wills, Garry (1999). A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government, Page 33. New York, NY; Simon & SchusterThe term minuteman has also been applied to various later United States' military units to recall the success and patriotism of the originals.
As early as 1645 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, some men were selected from the general ranks of town-based "training bands" to be ready for rapid deployment. Men so sel