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Mary E. Sargent (search for this): chapter 2
of militia was raised in the town, and was instructed to remain there till further orders, holding themselves ready to march at a minute's notice. The General Court ordered that all the cattle on Hog, Snake, and Noddle's Islands should be driven back into the country. The Selectmen of Malden, Chelsea, Lynn, and Medford were given charge of this work, with authority to draw on the troops quartered in Medford as they might consider necessary. This refers to the New Hampshire men under Sargent and Stark. We have no positive record that the Medford company was under fire at the Battle of Bunker Hill, but we know that after the British landed their regiment was stationed in the road leading to Lechmere Point, and late 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 rail fence with the New Hampshire men; and a third, with their col
Samuel Ingalls (search for this): chapter 2
d reached settlements October 30, and sent back supplies, which came none too soon, for the men were in a starving condition. When the remnants of Montgomery's and Arnold's armies appeared before Quebec, Dec. 5, 1775, they were defeated. Although the Cambridge detachment was in the thick of the fight, Joshua Reed and Richard Cole were fortunate to escape capture. The former applied for a bounty coat Jan. 10, 1776, and the latter February 26. Their comrade in Captain Hall's company, Samuel Ingalls, of Stoneham, was not so fortunate. Captain Hall's petition in his favor tells his story: Medford, October 25th, 1776. This may Certifie that Mr. Samoel Engols Belonged To my Company in 1775 and has Bin a presoner in Cannedy and haint Receved No Coate Isaac Hall, Captain. Samuel Ingall's received his coat money, Oct. 30, 1776. While these men were enduring hunger, cold, and pestilence in Canada the army at home were drawing their lines closer and closer around the enem
Edward Thornton Gould (search for this): chapter 2
lars had started on their second expedition, and this time they would not return unmolested. The flower of the town had marched away. The old men and boys could not restrain themselves. They followed on, and the women waited. Abigail Brooks, the wife of Rev. Edward Brooks, bade her husband good-by as with gun on his shoulder he rode off toward Lexington. Outstripping those on foot, he pressed forward to Concord, and was in the fight at the bridge. Here he saved the life of Lieut. Edward Thornton Gould, of His Majesty's Eighteenth Regiment, and brought him a prisoner to Medford, where he remained several months. The lieutenant testified the next day: I am now treated with the greatest humanity and taken all possible care of by the Provincials at Medford. In the afternoon the sound of firing came nearer. In her home in West Medford Abigail Brooks heard it, and taking her little eight-year-old son, Peter Chardon, to the garret window, showed him the bayonets shining in the
o remove the town's supply on August 27. His services cost five shillings. Three days after, General Gage sent the troops out from Boston and carried all the ammunition that remained to Castle William. This act of Gage caused great indignation, and whatever element of conservatism remained was speedily swept away. Benjamin Hall, the chief business man of Medford, was chosen to represent the town in the General Court, which held its last meeting in Boston March 31, 1774. On June 1 General Gage transferred the government to Salem, and appointed the Assembly to meet June 7. The meeting on that day was so revolutionary that Gage sent his secretary to dissolve it; but he was forced to read his proclamation on the stairs, for the patriots were holding their session behind locked doors. Gage called another meeting of the Assembly for October 5, but countermanded the order. The patriots ignored his right to do this, and ninety Representatives met and formed themselves into a Provi
John Savage (search for this): chapter 2
find record of privateers, but a little document has been saved which is probably the last of several of the same kind. I will read it, supplying the words which the ragged edges have lost: Salem, July 29, 1782.—These may certify that I, John Savage, Commander of the galley Willing Maid, now in Salem, bound on a cruise against the enemies of the country for six weeks, have sold to Benjamin Hall of Medford, three quarters of one full share of all prizes, goods, naval or merchandise taken by said galley during said cruise, for the sum of twelve pounds now in hand to me paid by the said Benjamin Hall, the receipt whereof I hereby acknowledge, as witness my hand and seal, in guarantee. John Savage. Witnesses, Jonathan Webb and Ephraim Hall. Benjamin Hall was, like other men of means in his day, interested in underwriting, and assumed risks individually, as there were no marine insurance companies. Losses were frequent during the war, and the premiums were fabulous,—the u
ford. It had been fought on the 17th. Nearly every man who was in service from the town was in Gates's army. You who remember the Civil War know the thrill which swept over the town when the news arrived. Little cared the people that day for the disagreements of Arnold and Gates. They asked for the safety of John Brooks, Francis Tufts, John Le Bosquet, and the rest. News came soon whichore it at the head of the regiment over the redoubt. He was commissioned ensign that day by General Gates. Afterward he received several promotions and was made adjutant in 1780. The day after the battle General Gates determined to attack Burgoyne, and sent General Nixon against what he supposed was a detachment of the enemy, but which proved to be the main army. Warned at the last moment, Gates recalled his men. Thankful, indeed, was Medford when the news reached here, for more than half of her men were in Nixon's brigade. Burgoyne surrendered. His army was sent captive to Massac
Thomas Leverett (search for this): chapter 2
ussions were not dry! Those were by no means total-abstinence days. All conferences were accompanied by more or less wine-drinking. The following bill, dated 1783, is an illustration: Mrs. Martha Leverett ye Administratrix to ye late Thomas Leverett, deceased, To John Stratton, Dr. The following was for ye commissioners for settling said Thomas Leverett's Estate. 1783. June 3d.To Punch and Wine 12s. Room, Candles, paper, Ink, pipes, 7s. 4d. June 12th.To 7 Bowles of Punch at yThomas Leverett's Estate. 1783. June 3d.To Punch and Wine 12s. Room, Candles, paper, Ink, pipes, 7s. 4d. June 12th.To 7 Bowles of Punch at ye Sale 34s. Room, paper Ink, &c., 4s. 8d. July 1.To Punch and Wine 12s. Room, Candles, paper, Ink, pipes, 7s. 4d. July 24.To 8 Bowles of Punch at ye Sale 40s. Room, paper, Ink &c., 4s. 8d. August 5.To Punch and Wine 12s. Room, Candles, pipes 7s. 4d. Benjamin Hall was the chairman of the Committee of Correspondence in 1775. The other members were Ebenezer Brooks, Jr., Thomas Patten, Stephen Hall, 3d, or Tertius, as he was familiarly called, James Wyman, Deacon Isaac Warren, and Deacon S
. Gill and Mr. Benjamin Hall were desired to get them out of Boston to some place in the country. This was a hazardous undertaking. The guns were loaded with other goods, concealed in loads of hay and wood, and in other ingenious ways the strict watch of the guards was evaded. It seems probable that these cannon were stored in Medford, for April 28, 1775, the Committee of Safety ordered: That the cannon now in Medford be immediately brought to this town (Cambridge) under direction of Captain Foster. In the following March (1775) Hall sent to Concord 60 bbls. of pork, 50 axes and helves, 50 wheelbarrows, and materials for constructing barracks. The first mention of a Committee of Correspondence on the Town Records occurs under date of March 13, 1775; but, six months before, Moses Billings, tavern-keeper, was paid for entertaining the Committee of Correspondence 40 shillings. Doubtless the discussions were not dry! Those were by no means total-abstinence days. All conferences
He was a kinsman of William Polly who was shot at Lexington. The youngest in this levy was sixteen years old—Josiah Cutter, 2d. There were seven others under twenty-one. While these men were in service, Arnold's treason and the execution of Andre occurred. The Medford men were stationed on guard duty at North river. William Bucknam was promoted and served as sergeant. His name is on the muster-roll dated Tappan. At this place Andre was executed, and it is probable that Bucknam stoodAndre was executed, and it is probable that Bucknam stood with the troops drawn up to witness the ignoble death of that brave man. When the six-months' men were discharged they were each given a passport bearing the signature of the colonel to show they were not deserters, and to recommend them to the charity of the farmers, whose help they needed. Some barefooted, others nearly so, ragged and dirty, they set out for their walk of over two hundred miles. They were absolutely penniless. The December weather made their condition worse, but they pu
r. Jacob Brooks. When an old man, he took his grandson, Mr. Vining, to the spot and said: Here is where the Revolutionary soldiers are laid. Somebody will want to know sometime. After the battle of June 17 Winter Hill was occupied by Provincial troops, who immediately set about fortifying it. They had few implements to work with, having lost a large part of their scanty store at Charlestown. June 22 the General Court sent a message requesting the town of Medford to immediately supply Major Hale with as many spades and shovels as they can spare, as it is of importance to the safety of this Colony that the works begun on Winter Hill be finished, and that they will be retarded unless soon supplied with tools. The months between June, 1775, and March, 1776, when Boston was evacuated, were full of alarms. The enemy were expected to march out at any time. General Washington ordered, July 12, that one thousand men should be stationed in and about Medford, considering that number su
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