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Lincoln in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Josiah Nelson House

 
 
Josiah Nelson House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
1. Josiah Nelson House Marker
Inscription. This was the site of Josiah and Elizabeth Nelsonís home. Josiah was a farmer as well as a housewright – a person who built and repaired houses. According to family tradition, when a party of men on horseback was passing his house during the night, Josiah ran out and asked if there was news of the British march. Unfortunately for Josiah, these men were British officers, the same party that captured Paul Revere west of here. According to the legend, one of the officers drew his sword and wounded Josiah in the head, thus making him the first casualty of the American Revolution. After Elizabeth bandaged his wound, Josiah mounted his horse and carried the alarm north to the town of Bedford.
 
Erected by Minute Man National Historical Park.
 
Location. 42° 27.007′ N, 71° 16.386′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Battle Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in Minute Man National Historical Park on the Battle Road, just west of the parking lot of the Minute Man Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Lincoln MA 01773, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Nelson Jr. House (about 300 feet
Marker in Minute Man Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
2. Marker in Minute Man Park
away, measured in a direct line); Thorning Boulder (about 400 feet away); Minute Man Visitor Center (about 500 feet away); April 19, 1775-The Dawn of Revolution (approx. 0.2 miles away); Whittemore House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Paul Revere Capture Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); End of Paul Revereís Midnight Ride (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Capture of Paul Revere (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lincoln.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains a 1900 photograph of the Josiah Nelson House, which burned down in 1908.
 
Also see . . .
1. Minute Man National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on April 25, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Concord. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on May 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker on the Battle Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
3. Marker on the Battle Road
The Josiah Nelson House marker can be seen here on the left on the Battle Road.
Foundations of the Josiah Nelson House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
4. Foundations of the Josiah Nelson House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,634 times since then and 126 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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