Apr. 19, 1775 Lexington Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA
American Revolutionary War Soldier. He was killed by the first fire of the enemy on Lexington Green on the first day of the American Revolution. He was one of the first eight of fifty Americans either killed or mortally wounded on that day.
Inscription: Sacred to Liberty & the Rights of makind!!! The Freedom & Independence of America, Sealed & defended with the blood of her sons.
This Monument is erected By the inhabitants of Lexington, Under the patronage, & at the expence, of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, To the memory of their Fellow Citizens, Ensign Robert Munroe, Messrs. Jonas Parker, Samuel Hadley, Jonathan Harrington Junr. Isaac Muzzy, Caleb Harrington and John Brown Of Lexington, & Asahel Porter of Woburn, Who fell on this field, the first Victims to the Sword of British Tyranny & Oppression, On the morning of the ever memorable Nineteenth of April, An. Dom. 1775. The Die was cast!!! The Blood of these Martyrs, In the cause of God & their Country, Was the Cement of the Union of these States, then Colonies; & gave the spring to the spirit, Firmness And resolution of their Fellow Citizens. They rose as one man, to revenge their brethren's Blood and at the point of the sword, to assert & Defend their native Rights. They nobly dar'd to be free!! The contest was long, bloody & affecting; Righteous Heaven approved the solemn appeal; Victory crowned their arms; and The Peace, Liberty & Independence of the United States of America, was their glorious Reward.