Westford to Cambridge
on many accounts of the events of April 19th, 1775, Westford men
pursued the regulars throughout the day and made their way to Cambridge
to take part in the siege of Boston. Some arrived that day, while
others marched the 24 miles the following day or soon thereafter.
In 2011, following the annual Col. John Robinson march from
Westford to Concord, Colin Kennedy and I continued on to Cambridge
Common to commemorate the efforts of the earlier Westford men.
George Quintal, Jr. joined us at Fiske Hill in Lexington and
guided us to the many important historical sites along the route.
Though he couldn't march with us this year, Ed Scollon gave us support
and encouragement along the way, as well as a much appreciated ride
"...was call'd about Day light, or a
little after, and rode as post that forenoon, before I could get to Concord,
after which I pursu'd with the rest and fought that day, tarried at Cambridge
that Night, being forbid to go home."
Letter, June 25, 1775
"That before the revolutionary war, commenced,
he was a minute man, in the Town of Westford aforesaid, in the Company of
Capt. Timothy Underwood, Proctor was one of the Lieuts.,
the Company was in Colo Prescott Regt
which was mustered at Groton on the [?]
before Concord fight and on the morning of the 19th of April AD 1775, the
company went to the Battle at Concord & they arrived just as the Enemy
were leaving, & they pursued, to Cambridge where his company was stationed near the Colleges, and he remained
in it, untill the eight months men were enlisted and organized..."
Pension application, 6 Nov. 1832
immediately to Concord, persued the British upon their retreat to
Lexington thence to Charlestown and after was stationed at Cambridge..."
Pension application, 24 July, 1832
"...he turned out to meet
them and was in the Battles of Lexington and Concord on the 19th of April 1775 and that the next day he marched to Cambridge,
where he immediately enlisted a volunteer, for Eight Months..."
Pension application, 6 Aug. 1832
Along the Battle Road
Colin setting the pace.
Reading one of the many historical markers along the route.
On Cambridge Common
George, Colin and Dan
Colin, Ed, and Dan
~ 18 April, 2011 ~
Westford to Cambridge
Thanks to Ed Scollon for the photo contributions.
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