As there was no flag and Vaughan was ready to report the capture of the fort in the name of England, while waiting for one, William Tufts, a boy of eighteen, climbed the staff with his red coat in his teeth and nailed it to the top.
This bold act, which evinced a sturdy and courageous nature even in a time when men were made of stern stuff for rough work, has been noticed by many writers, but frequently without mention of the lad's name.
The following is from the Boston Gazette of 3 June, 1771.
Medford, May 25, 1771.
This Day died here, Mr. William Tufts, jun., aged about 44 Years, and left a widow and a Number of small Children to lament his Loss.
As an Husband, he was kind and benevolent; as a Parent, tender and affectionate; a good Neighbor, and very industrious in his Calling.
He lived beloved, and died lamented, and made a hopeful Change.
When he was about 18 years of age he enlisted a volunteer into the service of his King and Country in the Expedition against C