The Molly Stark.
Some years since the writer was told that there was once an old gun at East Medford called the Morning Star
. Visions of the missionary vessel the children paid for arose in his mind, and the appellation seemed incongruous.
This was at the time of search for the Magoun guns that had been lost sight of.
Inquiry revealed that the said gun was an old iron cannon, possibly a relic of the Revolution, that had been picked up somewhere, but no definite information could be obtained save that it was called Molly Stark
. It used to be in evidence on special occasions, like others in the old days of noise, ‘horribles’ and uncouth demonstration [p. 33]
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