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[p. 33] The day, in the meantime, had become very warm and dry, for the season was so advanced that along the wayside was the waving grass of summer. Over the same route, in the afternoon, as far as the square, came three hundred men from Salem. They turned down the Charlestown road where, as they reached the top of Winter hill at the edge of early evening, they witnessed the running fight upon the exhausted British. To the minutemen Abigail Brooks, wife of the Rev. Edward Brooks, served chocolate. At nightfall her husband came back, bringing on his own horse Lieutenant Gould of the King's Own, who, wounded in the ankle at Concord, was proceeding in a chaise to Boston when he was captured by the old men of Menotomy. In Medford he wrote, ‘I am now treated with the greatest humanity and taken all possible care of.’ He remained as captive and guest with the Brookses until his wound was healed and he was exchanged.

In addition to the minutemen there were many ‘embattled farmers’ who must have passed through Medford to the fight. Lieut. Frederick Mackenzie,1 who has given the only contemporary account of the battle, and who was in the Welsh Fusileers, reports that many farmers rode within a short distance of the fighting, tied their horses and crept near enough to the moving column to get in a few shots and then went back to their horses, rode along again until they came abreast the column, dismounted, hitched, fired, and returned, repeating the same tactics until their ammunition was exhausted.

The characters are historic, and patterned as closely after the originals as knowledge will permit. Jonathan Porter, the innkeeper, was from Malden only two years before. His tavern had been the resort of British officers, but after the battle of Lexington he changed the name of the Royal Oak to Porter's Tavern. The original sign is still in existence, with bullet holes said to have been caused by minutemen returning from

1 ‘A British Fusileer,’ edited by Allen French.

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