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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., Medford in the War of the Revolution. (search)
which Medford people cannot afford to forget. Rev. Edward Brooks, the dignified clergyman, Henry Putnam, the veteran of Louisburg, and his grandson, the drummer boy, represent all classes who, as volunteers, hastened to the conflict. Most of them returned, but Henry Putnam gave his life at Menotomy, and tradition says two men named Smith and Francis were victims of the fight. The minute-mened. He was William Polly, the son of Widow Hannah Polly. He was only eighteen years old. Henry Putnam earned the title of lieutenant during the Louisburg campaign. On account of his age he was exempt, but, as his great-grandson says, he showed his Putnam spunk and went with the rest. His son Eleazer was one of the Medford minute-men, and another son, Henry, of the Danvers company, was brougte in the day was ordered to Charlestown. On arriving at Bunker Hill (the real Bunker Hill) General Putnam ordered part of the regiment to throw up entrenchments there; another detachment went to the