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The wedding i>arb his glory shroud,
The fatal ball his pearl of price.

And Spartan mothers still were here,
Who counted not the loss or pain,

But bade their fair and valiant sons,
" Come with the shield or on it slain."

Dame Quaker South wick scorned to share
With " men of war " her basket store;

Yet swift her heart outran her creed,

And gave them all they asked, and more.

For when dread hours that peril all,

Arrive as there at Lexington,—
( >ur discords vanish into air,

And love of country maketh one.

( )h ! Beauty of our Israel,

Whose bloom so early suffered blight,
And ye who from the victor's chase

Returned to prosper still the Right, —

No tongue of ours just meed can give,
Nor granite shaft that art can raise;

The Nation is your monument,

And Liberty shall sing your praise.

Say, did ye bend from heaven and see

The faith that armed our ''boys in blue,"

Who, when Rebellion struck the flag,
And storm and darkness hid the view,


Sprang to their feet and rushed to save

The starry Union of their sires,
Till impious and colossal wrongs

Went down amidst consuming fires:

Till smoke and cloud had cleared away.

And stilled was cannon's thunderous roar,
While high the banner of our joy
In splendid triumph waved once more?

The wine press of our woe they trod,

In winter cold and summer heat :
The broad expanse, the mountain pass.

They tracked with sore, hut patient feet.

The weary toil, the sleepless watch,

The midnight damp, the fevered brain,
The furious charge, the awful strife.

And shot and sabre's quivering pain;

Torn limbs whose comfort was the sod.

Sad hearts that pined in dungeons drear,
And crowded wards that dreamed of home,

Nor saw its pitying angels near:—

Here, too, the stripes that healed our hurt,
The Rock from which was hewn the State;

And here, as there, forever shine
The names that now we celebrate.

God give us grace to know full well,

Who sowed the seed that we might reap;
And, while eternal harvests grow,

Let Memory her jewels keep.

Note.— The above abstract of the proceedings 20 Apr., 1891. is taken from a more lengthy
account in the Apr., 1891, issue of the Salem Press Historical and Genealogical Record.

The Old Training Field.

The piece of land at the Centre known as the common or the
training field is inseparably connected with the military history of
Danvers, for according to the bequest of Nathaniel Ingersoll, it is
" for a training place for ever.'' Last 3'ear, 1894, on June 30, the
boulder, with its noble inscription was dedicated in the presence of
many hundreds of people of our own and neighboring towns.*

Regarding the training field, Upham is more than usually elo-
quent. In his description of the place and its former owner he
says " it was probably used as a training field at the first settle-
ment of the village. From the slaughter of Bloody Brook, the
storming of the Narragansett Fort, and all the early Indian wars :
from the Heights of Abraham, Lake George, Lexington, Bunker
Hill, Brandywine, Pea Ridge, and a hundred other battle fields, a
lustre is reflected back upon this village parade ground. It is as-
sociated with all the military traditions of the country, down to
the late rebellion. Lothrop, Davenport. Gardners, Dodges, Ray-
monds, Putnams, Porters, Hutchinsons, Herricks, Flints, and
others, who have taught or learned the manual or drill, are names
inscribed on the rolls of history for deeds of heroism and prowess."

The illustration made from a photograph b}^ Mr. D. E. Wood-
ward, of Danvers Centre is remarkably clear. The boulder was
found in one of the quarries situated in a part of the old town, a
section which anciently contributed her quota to the training band
of Danvers, and many of the men whose records are enrolled in
this volume came from that part of the town.

Of Nathaniel Ingersoll. the donor of the land it may be said that
he was an upright, God fearing man. He was the son of Richard
Ingersoll who was the lessee of the Townsend Bishop farm, now
better known as the Nurse farm. Richard Ingersoll died when
Nathaniel was but about eleven years old and the young man went
to live on the Orchard farm of Gov. Endicott, that he might the
better learn how to carry on the farm left him by his father. At
an early age he married Hannah Collins of Lynn and built on a
spot»a little in the rear of the parsonage at the Centre. There he
resided for seventy years. Near by stood the block house where a
watch was continually kept in the years when Indian raids were

*Among those present was Genville M. Dodge, a native of Danvers, whose
gallantry at Pea Ridge and on other fields won hiui the highest rank. He has
been a major-general in the army and a member of f'ongress and had charge of
the surveys of the Union Pacific R. R.


feared. He commanded the respect of all, and rarely was his
judgment at fault. At his house were held the parish and church
meetings and when the church was organized we lind that he was
one of the two deacons. As he had no children to provide for he
seems to have made no attempt to accumulate property and din-
ing his life was always liberal. lie gave land for the church in
which he had a deep interest. He died in 1711) and lies in an
unmarked grave.

The cost of the boulder and expenses connected with its prepar-
ation and erection were met from an appropriation of $125 by the
town and the subscriptions of a few public spirited citizens. The
names of the committee having the matter in charge were Alden
P. White, chairman ; John W. Porter, Charles B. Rice, Charles
H. Preston and Eben Putnam.

The Lexington Monument.

This shaft imposing from its very simplicity is built of hewn
sienite and was erected according to the tablet on the monument
on the 60th anniversary. 1835. On the easterly side is a slab of
white marble with the names of the Danvers men who fell at Lex-
ington, 19 April, 1775. as follows :

Samuel Cook, set. 83 ; Benjamin Daland, set. 25 ; George South-
wick, set. 25 ; Jothain Webb, set. 22 ; Henry Jacobs, set. 22 ; Eben'r
Goldthwaite, set. 22 ; Perley Putnam, set. 21.

Gen. Gideon Foster placed the corner stone and delivered a
brief address. The Danvers Light Infantry did escort duty. On
that day nineteen survivors of the Revolutionary soldiers were
present. For Gen. Foster's account of the battle and organization
of the Danvers companies, see page 106 et seq. of Hanson's Dan-

Names of Soldiers and Sailors Buried in Danvers.

From Records of Ward Post 90, G. A. R.
In Walnut Grove.

Angus Ward
Gorharo P. Dunn
John Rosenthal
Nathan Rosenthal
N. P. Fuller
C. N. Ingalls
Joseph F. Wiggin
Edwin Hull
John Moore
George Ingraham
William H. Mosher
Edgar M. Riggs
Moses G. Colomy
Florence H. Crowley
William H. Chad wick
William Metzger
Daniel Asquith
Henry Buckminster
William Brown
William E. Shelden
Andrew Mullen
Joseph E. Barnes
James A. Green
Darling Lowe
A. M. Hill
Charles H. Adams
Timothy Hawkes
Timothy Hawkes, jr.
Edwin Beckford
Samuel M . Porter
Samuel P. Richardson
Henry Proctor
William S. Evens
Alphonzo Sanford
John H. Williams
William H. Shirley
Charles F. Kelly
Ezra D. Kimball
Daniel J. Preston
John H. Perkins

George H. Jones
T. C. Taylor
Jacob Rosenthal!
George F. Young-
Stephen A. Hall
Ezra Watson
Franklin Perkins
N. P. Fish
Samuel P. Nourse
Jonathan Whitehonse
Amos Pearson
Eben Day
J. Albert Giles
William Goodwin
John G. Weeden
John Merrill
Thaddeus Osgood
Albert Kimball
Alonzo Cray
James Kelly
Charles H. Young
William Goodwin
John Withey
Richard Hood
AVilliam W. Jessup
Robert W. Jessup
Edwin Fuller
Elbridge Kennedy
George W. Kenney
Charles W. Peart
John B. Hanson
William F. Twi^s
Isaac Cross
Charles Cross
Asa Lakernan
Pulaski Galucia
Joseph G. Whitehouse
George A. Wiggin
J L. Fish
George Pitman

Joseph Walworth

Samuel Page, War of 1812.

Albert A. Fowler

Daniel Smith

Patrick Traynor

Thomas Musgrave

Alphonzo Howard

James Hobbs

William C. Dale

( harles Colomy

.John Goodwin

E. J. Getchell

Ephraim Getchell

Albert T. Cressy

Brig. Gen. Moses Porter,

Alfred Porter
Henry Dockham
Thomas Barnett
George Elliott
Oilman Andrews
Watson Williams
Williain S. Inman
William H. Ogden
Elbridge Guilford
Samuel P. Tiask
John B. Putnam
Charles Putnam
Albert Henderson
( teorge H. Dwinell
Dr. E. Hunt
Frank P. Reed
Daniel Eaton
David M. Scates
Eben Cressy
Augustus Putnam
Warren Porter
Wm. H. Wood
George Pettingell

John J. Hurley
John W. Kelly
David Coleman
Thomas McKeigue
Patrick Collins
Patrick Toomey

Catholic Cemetery.

William O'Brien
William Reynolds
Daniel A. Caskin
Owen Murphy
Edward Murphy
James Reynolds

James McCarthy
John Carrol
Michael Kirby
William O'Neil
Richard D. Poor
Timothy O'Brien



Thomas Hartman
Frank Scampton
i reorge Wylie

Janus Mill

Fred Woodman
Andrew Paton

Major Wallace Putnam

Milford Tedford

Frank Batchelder
Moses Keut


James Pattye
John Shackley

Donald Sillars
William Sillars
C. E. M. Welch
Alonzo Rogers
William F. Guilford

Freeman A. Chase
John Q. Welch
( reorge M. Morrison
Douglass K. Wilson
Abraham North
Roberf Ferrell
Joseph G. Marl in

Swan's Crossing.

Robert Putnam Samuel Glover

Wadsworth Cemetery.

Charles A. Shepard Albert Woodbury

Lewis A. Verry

High St. Cemetery.

Ruben Ellis Jeremiah Page, Revolution

Joseph E. Annis

East Danvers.

Henry Wiggin Reuben Kenniston, Revolution

Danvers Centre.

James Martin

Pines at Danversport.

George A. Wilson

At the annual town meeting of 1895, the town voted to place
markers over the graves of Revolutionary soldiers and appointed
a committee to locate such graves. It is hoped that the next annual
town meeting will appropriate a sum of money to print a list of
the names of Revolutionary soldiers buried in town and the loca-
tion of the graves.

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