Thursday, March 28, 2013

Engagement Near Boothbay, Maine

"An event took place in 1814 which is the only known instance resulting in loss of life within the town limits during the war."  A story from the History of Boothbay, Southport and Boothbay Harbor, Maine. 1623-1905:

A British war vessel came into the harbor and exchanged several shots with the defenses on McFarland's Point.


"The soldiers ashore had but one field piece."

They were ordered around the head of the harbor at double quick... .  As the vessel came in toward the shore in the bay, a son of Grover who was standing front of the house, discharged his musket at it; they replied, the shot striking him in the head. The harbor troops had almost reached the spot when the shot was fired, and, arriving a moment after, found the boy lying dead... ."

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