and carried into Boston, where he was imprisoned two months in an English frigate. ‘Although she was farther from Lexington than any of her sister towns who were represented at the battle, yet she lost more of her children than any other town except Lexington.’1 The Beverly men injured, and probably here, were Reuben Kennison killed, and Nathaniel Cleaves, Samuel Woodbury and William Dodge wounded. Of men from other towns who fell in Menotomy, we find mention of the following in the Salem Gazette:—
On the nineteenth of April, was killed among others, by the British troops, at Menotomy, as he was courageously defending his country's rights, the good, the pious, and friendly Mr. Daniel Townsend, of Lynn-End. He was a constant and ready friend to the poor and afflicted; a good adviser in case of difficulty, and an able, mild, and sincere reprover of those who were out of the way. In short, he was a friend to his country, a blessing to society, and an ornament to the church of which he was a member. He has left an amiable consort, and five young children, to bewail the loss.Lynn End was formerly the north parish of Lynn, and is now Lynnfield. The above lines are inscribed on the gravestone of Townsend at that place. Lynn lost in the battle on that day, four men killed, two wounded, one missing.—See notices in Lewis's and Newhall's Histories of Lynn. Newhall, Hist. of Lynn, p. 340, says Timothy Munroe, of Lynn, was wounded while standing behind a house, with Daniel Townsend, firing at the British troops as they were coming down the road in their retreat toward Boston. ‘Townsend had just fired, and exclaimed, “There is another red-coat down!” when Munroe, looking round, saw, to his astonishment, that they were completely hemmed in by the flank-guard of the British army, who were coming down through the fields behind them. They immediately ’Lie, valiant Townsend, in the peaceful shades.—We trust
Immortal honors mingle with thy dust.
What! thoa thy body struggled in the gore;
So did thy Savior's body long before!
And as he rais'd his own, by power divine,
So the same power shall also quicken thine,
And in eternal glory mayst thou shine.