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Gideon Foster

  • Birth 24 Feb 1749 Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 1 Nov 1845 Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 9689465

Revolutionary War militia officer/Minuteman. He lived in South Danvers, now the city of Peabody. He was captain of the Danvers Alarm List which answered the call to arms on the morning of April 19, 1775, and marched toward Lexington and Concord. The British retreat became a running fight which the Danvers men joined at Menotomy, now Cambridge. Enraged and harried British soldiers engaged the Americans in hand-to-hand fighting and no quarter was given. Seven Danvers men under Foster's command were killed. Months later, Foster led his men in an effort to resupply American forces at the Battle of Bunker Hill, which they accomplished under a steady bombardment from British ships in Boston Harbor. Later in life he was made major general of the Massachusetts militia by the legislature and participated in the laying of the cornerstone of the Battle of Lexington monument in 1835. A successful manufacturer, he also served in the state legislature and lived to the age of 96.

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  • Originally Created by: Bob on Gallows Hill
  • Added: 22 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9689465
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gideon Foster (24 Feb 1749–1 Nov 1845), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9689465, citing Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .