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Martin, brig Borer, the Bream, the bombship Terror, and several transports, with troops under Col. Thomas Pilkington. The squadron entered Passamaquoddy Bay on the 11th, and anchored off Fort Sullivan, at Eastport, Me., then in command of Maj. Perley Putnam with a garrison of fifty men, having six pieces of artillery. Hardy demanded an instant surrender, giving Putnam only five minutes to consider. The latter promptly refused, but at the importunity of the alarmed inhabitants, who were indisPutnam only five minutes to consider. The latter promptly refused, but at the importunity of the alarmed inhabitants, who were indisposed to resist, he surrendered the post on condition that, while the British should take possession of all public property, private property should be respected. This was agreed to, and 1,000 armed men, with women and children, a battalion of artillery, and fifty or sixty pieces of cannon were landed on the main, when formal possession was taken of the fort, the town of Eastport, and all the islands and villages in and around Passamaquoddy Bay. Several vessels laden with goods valued at $30
rrows, off Port land. In thirty-five minutes the Boxer surrenders and is taken to Portland by her captor (both commanders killed)......Sept. 5, 1813 Extent of Pejepscot purchase is declared according to the resolve of the General Court, March 8, 1787, that Twenty-mile Falls, 20 miles above Brunswick, are the uppermost Great Falls in the Androscoggin River referred to in the deed to Wharton, dated July 7, 1684; matter settled......1814 Fort Sullivan, in Eastport, under command of Maj. Perley Putnam, surrenders to a British force from Halifax......July 11, 1814 Fort at Castine destroyed by its garrison on the approach of a British fleet from Halifax......Sept. 1, 1814 Frankfort delaying surrender, the British threaten vengeance against the place and sail for Castine......Sept. 1-7, 1814 British force under Sherwood and Griffiths land at Buck's Harbor, about 3 miles below Machias, and march against the fort, which the garrison desert and blow up......Sept. 12, 1814 Brit
k left families. The ages of those who were killed belonging to Danvers, follow:—Samuel Cook, 33 years; Benjamin Daland, 25 years; George Southwick, 25 years; Perley Putnam, 21 years; Jotham Webb, 22 years; Henry Jacobs, 22 years; Ebenezer Goldthwait, 22 years. Note to D. P. King's Address. On Friday [April 21, 1775] the bodies of Messrs. Henry Jacobs. Samuel Cook, Ebenezer Goldthwait, George Southwick, Benjamin Daland, Jun., Jotham Webb, and Perley Putnam, of Danvers, who were likewise slain fighting in the glorious cause of liberty and their country, on the nineteenth of April, were respectfully interred among their friends in the different parishesd at Menotomy, lost heavily of their number. Their slain, seven in all—see their names in a previous note—were buried in their own town. Two were wounded-Nathan Putnam and Dennison Wallis. One, Joseph Bell, was missing after the battle, being taken prisoner and carried into Boston, where he was imprisoned two months in an Engl<
marched from Danvers to West Cambridge, a distance of over sixteen miles, in four hours. It was at West Cambridge that the greatest loss was met with by the Americans; it was at that point that the Danvers companies, hoping to intercept the retreating British, took possession of a small, walled enclosure and with shingles attempted to form a breastwork. There were nearly two hundred men from Danvers and Beverly. Henry Putnam, senior, of Medford, was killed, his son Henry badly wounded, Perley Putnam was killed, and his brother Nathan wounded, all but the first being members of the Danvers company. Another son of Henry, Eleazer, who went out with his company from Medford, was near or among the Danvers men. There Henry Putnam gave up his life for his country at the age of sixty-three years; he had volunteered his services, as he was exempt from military duty. I have seen it stated that five of his sons were there. His son Henry remained in Medford wounded, probably at the home of