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arer. No arrangements can be made, he answered; and it was declared that it was the intention of the commodore to destroy the town totally. The magistrate Jeremiah Holmes. then said: We will defend the place to the last extremity; should it be destroyed, we will perish in its ruins. Nearly all the inhabitants incapable of bewithdrew to the larger vessels. Some men gathered at Stonington the next day, but they were of little service; but a few from Mystic, not far away, led by Capt. Jeremiah Holmes, flew to the aid of their neighbors, and did gallant service at the redoubt. Captain Holmes was a good gunner, and he took charge of the 18-pounder. WithCaptain Holmes was a good gunner, and he took charge of the 18-pounder. With that piece he fought the British ships until his ammunition was spent, and no more could then be found. The borough seemed to be at the mercy of the invaders, and some timid citizens proposed to the captain to haul down the flag that floated over the battery and surrender. No! shouted the captain, that flag shall never come do