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Minutemen to get their due, 232 years later
The Boston Globe ^ | 4/20/07 | Brian MacQuarrie

Posted on 04/20/2007 11:48:03 AM PDT by BronzePencil

They mustered 232 years ago yesterday in what is now downtown Peabody, rushed south to battle the British soldiers retreating from Concord, and were killed in the most ferocious fighting of that first Patriots Day. Their bodies retrieved by comrades, the four Minutemen were laid to rest at the Old South Burying Ground in long-forgotten locations that now might be covered by a Peabody sidewalk or the asphalt of Washington Street. That anonymity is about to end. Thanks to city and federal officials, the ultimate sacrifices of Samuel Cook Jr., Benjamin Deland Jr., Ebenezer Goldthwaite, and George Southwick Jr. are being commemorated by headstones placed in the cemetery that holds these original patriots.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: concord; lexington; minutemen; patriots
Rest in Peace and may your ultimate sacrafice inspire those that most need inspiration.
1 posted on 04/20/2007 11:48:05 AM PDT by BronzePencil
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To: BronzePencil

It’s hard to believe that a state that produced some of America’s greatest patriots is now reduced to a socialist hell that goes against everything they fought so hard for.

They better hope those brave men aren’t buried under the street there, they’d be rolling over in their graves with such force as to tear that street apart if they knew what had happened to their state.


2 posted on 04/20/2007 11:52:55 AM PDT by gjones77
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To: gjones77

Couldn’t agree more. I hope this story inspires some residents of Massachusetts.


3 posted on 04/20/2007 11:54:09 AM PDT by BronzePencil (if we outlaw nuclear energy only outlaws will have nuclear energy)
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To: BronzePencil

Those anti-government, terrorist rabble-rousers? Perish the thought.


4 posted on 04/20/2007 11:55:30 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: BronzePencil

I am a resident of Massachusetts, I’m proud of her history, but ashamed of our present day political situation.


5 posted on 04/20/2007 11:56:04 AM PDT by gjones77
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To: BronzePencil; Pharmboy
Rest in Peace and may your ultimate sacrifice inspire those that most need inspiration.

Bump.

6 posted on 04/20/2007 11:57:20 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: BronzePencil

Harry Reid...these men were patriots....you sir are a jerk.(well i had to come up with a term that moderator would not delete).
God Bless American patriots,
Freegards Lex


7 posted on 04/20/2007 11:57:51 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Wolfie

When the Mass. State Quarter with the Minute Man holding his > musket < was designed there was a big push in Mass. to remove his “gun”. Complete idiots. What do they think beat the British? Sling shots?


8 posted on 04/20/2007 11:58:42 AM PDT by unkus
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To: gjones77
"I am a resident of Massachusetts, I’m proud of her history, but ashamed of our present day political situation."

The founder of the family surname came ashore in Massachusetts in 1630 (though he eventually ended up in Connecticut). Family members fought proudly in the Revolutionary War. Produced a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

I'm sure those of my forebears are spinning rapidly beneath their tombstones over what has happened to the Northeast states.

9 posted on 04/20/2007 12:01:44 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: unkus
What do they think beat the British? Sling shots?

Naughty words... < /tard >

:-)

10 posted on 04/20/2007 12:02:02 PM PDT by TLI (ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA, MMP AZ 2005, TxMMP El Paso Oct+April 2006 TxMMP Laredo - El Paso)
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To: BronzePencil

232 years...the Roman Empire lasted 500 years. By the way things are going, I’d say it’s a safe bet that the Roman Empire will retain its title. Our collapse is imminent within the next century.


11 posted on 04/20/2007 12:04:52 PM PDT by TheRiverNile
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To: BronzePencil

I couldn’t agree more.

I am a resident of Massachusetts, and I think those thoughts every single day when I drive through Concord and see the Minuteman statue...when it isn’t surrounded by Antiwar protesters or in the case of Lexington last week, Global Warming Protesters.

Bah.


12 posted on 04/20/2007 12:10:39 PM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: Wonder Warthog; gjones77

Maybe if we conservatives can ramp up some large state’s economy, and produce the usual conservative-state low housing prices, all the lib New Englanders will abandon their now irreverseably-fouled political nest for that one, and we conservatives can move back in and fix it.

The downside is that it might mean abandoning a major state like Texas with known conservative roots to the libs. The only upside of that downside is that even Texas is being ruined by illegal immigration, so we might not be abandoning American values in the process. Besides, the New England borders are shorter than the Texas border, so they’ll be easier to defend while we rebuild classical liberalism. Then, we can go back and re-liberate whichever state they took. Without the strong infrastructure that conservative politics brings, lib-state will become unlivable eventually, so there wouldn’t be much residual lib or multicultural population left to resist. New England is small enough that they can keep it running (sort of) even in the face of political incompetence.


13 posted on 04/20/2007 12:11:16 PM PDT by Little Pig (Is it time for "Cowboys and Muslims" yet?)
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To: TLI
My wife calls me her minute man....for some reason...
14 posted on 04/20/2007 12:12:25 PM PDT by llevrok ("It's time to grab the bull by the tail and face the situation!" - W.C. Fields)
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To: Wonder Warthog

My former hometown is the only town I have ever encountered where they fly the UN flag on the town common. It was downhill from the American flag on an equal-height pole, but even that may have changed by now.

The UN flag is also flown at the same height as the American one on the lawn in front of the Fine Arts Center of UMass in that same town.


15 posted on 04/20/2007 12:13:41 PM PDT by Little Pig (Is it time for "Cowboys and Muslims" yet?)
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To: unkus
I always thought that it was John F'n Kerry, lookin' to git him a huntin' license, on the reverse side of the MA $1/4.

P.S. Isn't that H! on the reverse of the NY $1/4?

16 posted on 04/20/2007 12:13:54 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: TheRiverNile

40 years if we are lucky.


17 posted on 04/20/2007 12:17:38 PM PDT by unkus
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To: BronzePencil
If I recall my Revolutionary War history correctly the Minutemen at Concord bridge where there to stop the British forces from seizing arms and ammunitions from the colonists. How ironic now, seeing that Massachusetts elected officials have instituted some of the most draconian anti-gun laws in the country.
18 posted on 04/20/2007 12:19:49 PM PDT by Towed_Jumper (I faithfully fart toward Mecca five times a day.)
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To: Towed_Jumper

Tell me about it. I used to live in Mass and it took me 19 months to get my license for “tergert and hunting”. The Massholes spelled ‘target’ wrong - ha.


19 posted on 04/20/2007 12:21:51 PM PDT by BronzePencil (if we outlaw nuclear energy only outlaws will have nuclear energy)
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To: BronzePencil

Are they aware that these Minutemen were armed with the most murderous assault rifles available at that time???


20 posted on 04/20/2007 12:32:47 PM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: unkus

with God’s mercy, I’ll be dead by that time to see that happen.


21 posted on 04/20/2007 12:33:54 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: BronzePencil

Can you see what would happen if this were happening today.


22 posted on 04/20/2007 12:38:13 PM PDT by quietolong
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To: BronzePencil

They would be spinning in their graves to know that America was converted to a democracy and is now lost. Thanks FRS, thanks CFR, thanks IRS, thanks USSC.....


23 posted on 04/20/2007 12:49:17 PM PDT by brotherWesUpNorth
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To: BronzePencil; Pharmboy

Thanks for the post, BronzePencil. My ancestor, from Danvers, fought at what is now Arlington, perhaps with these Peabody men.


24 posted on 04/20/2007 1:02:08 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: ntnychik

My pleasure.


25 posted on 04/20/2007 1:08:26 PM PDT by BronzePencil (if we outlaw nuclear energy only outlaws will have nuclear energy)
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To: unkus

No, it was spitballs, don’t ya know? (Shades of Zell Miller everyone!) LOL!


26 posted on 04/20/2007 1:12:15 PM PDT by dsutah
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

It is so sad that we are losing this beautiful country. We steared away from God and now he is going to let us fend for ourselves.


27 posted on 04/20/2007 1:24:38 PM PDT by unkus
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To: dsutah

Zell nailed them but good.


28 posted on 04/20/2007 1:25:32 PM PDT by unkus
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To: BronzePencil

As an American, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You helped create a “miracle country” the likes of which the world has never seen. And as long as I’m alive, I’ll do everything I can to see that America remains great.


29 posted on 04/20/2007 2:08:01 PM PDT by maxwellp
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