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[67] of Danvers minute-men, marched with his company sixteen miles in four hours, full half the way upon the run, to Menotomy. Two companies of minute-men and three companies of militia, amounting to probably more than one hundred and fifty men, left Danvers at different hours and on different roads; they ran more than half the way, and reached Menotomy near the same time.

A little west of the meeting-house is a hill around which the road wound in such manner as to conceal the British. Many of the men of Danvers went into a walled enclosure, and piled bundles of shingles which were lying there, to strengthen their breastwork; rumor had deceived them as to the force of the enemy; it was certainly their expectation here to have intercepted their retreat. Others selected trees on the side of the hill, from which they might assail the enemy. But they had little space for preparation; they soon saw the British in solid column descend the hill on their right, and at the same moment discovered a large flank guard advancing on their left. The men in the enclosure made a gallant resistance, but were overpowered by numbers—some sought shelter in a neighboring house, and three or four, after they had surrendered themselves prisoners of war, were butchered with savage barbarity.1

Captain Foster, with some of his men on the side of the hill, finding themselves nearly surrounded, made an effort to gain


Dennison Wallis was taken prisoner. The British soldiers were so much enraged by the severe treatment they were receiving from our marksmen, that the officers could not prevent them from killing the prisoners. Finding that this must be his fate, Wallis attempted to make his escape; the enemy fired upon him, and he received twelve wounds; he fell as he was leaping a wall, and they supposing him dead left him. Nathan Putnam, a brother of Perley, who was killed, was severely wounded in the shoulder. He, as well as Henry Putnam of Medford [see Genealogies], who was killed on the same memorable day, were relations of Gen. Israel Putnam, so celebrated for his courage and for his services in the French, Indian and Revolutionary Wars. Gen. Putnam was a native of Danvers.

Daland and Southwick 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 parishes belonging to that town, their corpses being attended to the place of interment by two companies of minute-men from this place, and a large concourse of people from this and the neighboring towns; previous to that interment, an excellent and well adapted prayer was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Holt, of that place.

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