Fremont in Rockingham County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
Civil War Riot of 1861
In 1928, the Exeter News-Letter printed an eye-witness account of Fremont's July 4, 1861 Civil War riot, written by 77-year-old Alden F. Sanborn. After Fremont's loyal citizens raised a 150-foot "liberty-pole" at nearby Liberty Square and had run up the Union flag, "a southern sympathizer moved to put a bullet through it. Someone immediately moved to put a bullet through that man. (A small riot ensued) which was soon squelched with the aid of the brave boys in Blue, one of whom remark (ed 'If) we were going to fight the rebels…we had as soon commence here as anywhere.'”
Erected 1996 by State of New Hampshire. (Marker Number 170.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 42° 59.444′ N, 71° 8.523′ W. Marker is in Fremont, New Hampshire, in Rockingham County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (New Hampshire Route 107) and Sandown Road, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Marker is located in front of the historic building, Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 272 Main Street, Fremont NH 03044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Prescott Lovering's Inn (here, next to this marker); Historic Black Rocks Village / Historic Fremont, N.H.-Olde Poplin (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spaulding & Frost Cooperage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fremont Village Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Meeting House and Hearse House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mast Tree Riot of 1734 (approx. 3 miles away); 1867 (approx. 5.7 miles away); Josiah Bartlett (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fremont.
Also see . . . New Hampshire during the Civil War. July 4th, 1861 was a day of great tension in the town of Fremont, NH. The event of the 4th was well attended and also included several soldiers getting ready to depart for the war. As the ceremony commenced and the flag was raised on the “liberty pole,” a southern sympathizer attempted to take a shot at the flag. A riot broke out and many citizens in attendance tried to attack the sympathizer. Ultimately the soldiers broke up the quarrel. The significance of this riot is that it was the first Civil War riot to take place in New England and was the fourth to take place in the nation. (Submitted on April 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.