Sylvanus Wood

Sylvanus Wood

Birth
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 12 Aug 1840 (aged 91)
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Lot 374, Oak Ave.
Memorial ID 23130655 · View Source
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Sylvanus Wood was living in what is now the west
side of Woburn, Ma. on that fateful day when the
American Revolution started on the green in neighboring Lexington. Sylvanus rushed to the green to join the ranks of the militiamen who were responding. After being driven off the green
in the initial confrontation, Wood and another man took after the rear guard of the British on
the way to Concord. Sylvanus Wood took a British
Soldier who had fallen out of ranks for a 'necessary action', by surprise and took him prisoner. This made him the first American to capture an enemy in war. He went on to serve in the Continental Army, reaching the rank of lieutenant. Others tried to take credit for the
first capture of an enemy soldier, but his claim was eventually verified by congress, and he was granted a pension for this deed.


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  • Created by: William Sweeney
  • Added: 27 Nov 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23130655
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sylvanus Wood (27 Jan 1749–12 Aug 1840), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23130655, citing Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by William Sweeney (contributor 46597677) .