[p. 48] to the besiegers, as one boy was seriously wounded ‘on its discharge.’ See Mr. Swan's account for details of the fray:—
The boy was David Osgood only son of Revd Dr. Osgood The boys had built a large Fort of Snow behind the meetinghouse—a party appointed to attack it, and another party to defend it. David Osgood was of the inside party. They had got a large bellows nose, hammered the large end together and so made a Cannon of it, and filled it with powder—but at the first fire it exploded in several pieces—one of which tore his face and neck very badly and came within a hair of the jugular vein. He bled so profusely [that] Dr Brooks thought his life in imminent danger for more than a week. Snowballing parties were prohibited after this.... A similar snowball fort was made by the boys of Dr. Stearns' Academy south of the bridge—but the attack was ordered to be given up—it was to have been attacked a day or two after the other.Dr. Brooks was chosen governor in 1816, and held the office for seven successive years.