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James Hayward
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Birth: Apr. 4, 1750
Acton
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Apr. 19, 1775
Concord
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

American Revolutionary War Soldier. He was killed on the first day of the American Revolution, one of fifty Americans either killed or mortally wounded on that day. He died that afternoon at Fiske's Well in a duel with a British soldier. As both men raised their weapons, the British soldier exclaimed, "You are a dead man!" Hayward responded with "And so are you!" Both men fired -- the soldier was killed instantly and Hayward was mortally wounded. 
 
Inscription:
In memory of Mr. James Hayward
The son of Capt. Samuel and Mrs. Mary Hayward
Who was killed in Concord Fight April 19th, 1775
Aged 25 years and 4 days

This monument may unborn ages tell
How brave young Hayward like a hero fell
When fighting for his country's liberty was slain
And here his body now lies
He and his foe were by each other slain
His victim's blood with his the Earth did stain
Upon the field he was with victory crowned
And Yet must yield his breath upon that ground
He expressed his hope in God before his death
After his foe had yielded up his breath
O may his death a lasting witness be
Against oppresor's bloody cruelty

[A rough transcription due to the
difficulty in reading the stone.]
 
Burial:
Davis Monument
Acton
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Eric Thomsen
Record added: May 23, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7480314
James Hayward
Added by: Eric Thomsen
 
James Hayward
Added by: Eric Thomsen
 
James Hayward
Added by: Eric Thomsen
 
 
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- Denise
 Added: Oct. 14, 2015
my 4th great-granduncle
- Douglas Stewart(11) Aldrich
 Added: Aug. 4, 2014

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