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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., Medford in the War of the Revolution. (search)
l the inhabitants of the town in 1776. This does not cover the whole number; for instance, in July, 1776, thirty men went to Ticonderoga, and we have the names of only twelve. The other eighteen were from Hampshire Government. Other recruits were, like these, non-residents, hired to fill up the town's quota, but one hundred eighty-nine have been identified as Medford citizens, or bore surnames common in the town at that time. One hundred were tax-payers between 1775 and 1783. In August, 1774, Medford began to be anxious about her supply of powder, stored with that of the surrounding towns in the Powder House on Quarry Hill, near Medford line. Thomas Patten was sent to remove the town's supply on August 27. His services cost five shillings. Three days after, General Gage sent the troops out from Boston and carried all the ammunition that remained to Castle William. This act of Gage caused great indignation, and whatever element of conservatism remained was speedily swep