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 Caleb Harrington

Caleb Harrington

Birth
Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 19 Apr 1775 (aged 23)
Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 7517434 · View Source
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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.

Built in the year 1799.


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  • Created by: Eric Thomsen
  • Added: 31 May 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7517434
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Caleb Harrington (27 Oct 1751–19 Apr 1775), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7517434, citing Revolutionary Monument, Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Eric Thomsen (contributor 29506898) .