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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., Medford in the War of the Revolution. (search)
ice from the town was in Gates's army. You who remember the Civil War know the thrill which swept over the town when the news arrived. Little cared the people that day for the disagreements of Arnold and Gates. They asked for the safety of John Brooks, Francis Tufts, John Le Bosquet, and the rest. News came soon which made Medford proud. Lieutenant-Colonel Brooks and his regiment had been the last on the field—not leaving it until eleven o'clock at night. During the evening they had kept Breyman's riflemen at bay. The British had not advanced; the Americans held their own. It is what we expected of John Brooks, his townsmen said, and the Medford boys will follow wherever he leads. October 7th Burgoyne was obliged to fight or retreat. When the battle was at its height, Brooks again distinguished himself. He has been called the Hero of Stillwater. His regiment was ordered to take a redoubt occupied by Breyman. He ordered Captain Bancroft, of Reading, to lead the charge.
w Elizabeth Cutter, was one of the early settlers of Cambridge. and was born in Medford in 1794. Her father was a man of cultivated tastes; he had many literary and professional friends, and held various public offices in Medford. He was a goldsmith by profession, and seems to have been in reduced circumstances the last years of his life. The family moved to Boston while Maria was an infant. Her father died when she was fourteen, and at the age of sixteen she became the second wife of John Brooks, a merchant tailor of Boston, who had previously married Lucretia Gowen, an older sister, and had educated Maria. The marriage took place August 26, 1810, about three years after the death of his first wife. Two children were born to them: Edgar, Nov. 25, 1811, and Horace, Aug. 12, 1813. Mr. Brooks met with reverses in business, and at his death, in 1823, left his young wife of twenty-nine and his children almost penniless. The year of her husband's death she removed to Cuba, making
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., The Governor Brooks monument. (search)
The Governor Brooks monument. FOLLOWING is the inscription on the monument in memory of Governor John Brooks in Salem Street Cemetery, Medford: Sacred to the memory of John Brooks who was Born in Medford in the month of May 1752 and educated at the town School he took up arms for his country on the 19TH of April 1775; he Commanded the regiment which first entered the enemy's lines at Saratoga and served with honor to the close of the War. he was appointed Marshal of the district of Massachusetts by President Washington and after filling several important Civil and military offices, he was in the year 1816 chosen Governor of the Commonwealth and discharged the duties of that station for several Successive years to General acceptance he was A kind and Skilful physician, A brave and Prudent officer, A wise, firm and Impartial Magistrate, A true patriot, A good citizen and A faithful friend in his manner he was A Gentleman, in morals pure, and in profession and practice A Consist