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Asa Pollard
Birth: Nov. 15, 1735
Billerica
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jun. 17, 1775
Charlestown
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Revolutionary War Colonial Soldier. He was the first man killed during the Battle of Bunker Hill, actually fought on Breed's Hill. While some accounts say he was still in his teens when he was killed, source records show he was 39 and an experienced veteran of the French and Indian War. Accounts also differ on the circumstances in which he was killed, but not the method. Pollard was struck by a cannonball fired from HMS Somerset anchored in Boston Harbor. It skipped along the ground, bounced and instantly decapitated him. One account says this happened as he was returning with a party of soldiers sent out to forage for water. However, the account of Col. William Prescott, in command of the earthworks atop the hill, indicates Pollard was on the edge of the redoubt close by when he was struck. Prescott even remarks how he wiped the man's blood and tissue off himself with fresh earth. Fearing the sight of Pollard's headless corpse would panic his men, Prescott ordered him to be buried immediately without ceremony just outside and to the rear of the earthworks. A minister defied orders by saying some prayers over the hastily dug grave. After the battle, British victors buried American dead left behind in a common trench. Families later exhumed and retrieved some of these remains, which they identified through personal effects. But Pollard's grave location was not recorded, and his remains never retrieved. It is presumed that he lies to this day in the shadow of the 221-foot tall Bunker Hill Monument. (bio by: Bob on Gallows Hill) 
 
Burial:
Bunker Hill Monument
Charlestown
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Bunker Hill Battleground (Breed's Hill)
 
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Originally Created by: Bob on Gallows Hill
Record added: Apr 17, 2005
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Asa Pollard
Added by: Bob on Gallows Hill
 
Asa Pollard
Added by: Bob on Gallows Hill
 
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- Lena Lakey Johnson
 Added: Sep. 18, 2016
Thank you, Soldier for your patriotism and answering your country's call to arms. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Jun. 17, 2016
Our Ralph Farnum was the last survivor of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Rest In Peace Asa.
- Carolyn Farnum
 Added: Jun. 16, 2016
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