of so-called patriotism.
It has long since disappeared, probably into the junk pile, and Medford
is no loser.
The names Molly Stark
and Old Hickory
are examples of the custom that obtained in war times.
Military men tell us that battery guns received from their company various names, like Whistling Tom
, or Pretty Mary
, and the siege gun at Charleston
, the Swamp Angel
, had a nation-wide notice.
We have never heard that the guns of the Magoun
battery were thus designated.
By the courtesy of a member of the Historical Society, C. H. Tinkham
, we print a view of Medford