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Near Westerville in Delaware County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Field Musician Richard W. Thompson

 
 
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By Steve Stoessel
1. Field Musician Richard W. Thompson Marker
Inscription.  
Tunes played on fife and drum regulated a soldier's life in camp and his actions on the battlefield. Heard over the roar of battle and through the haze of smoke, fifes and drums - field music - communicated orders to massed troops quickly. Richard Willoughby Thompson (c. 1742-1837), buried in Fancher Cemetery, was a field musician during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. According to his grandson Henry's recollections from the 1920s, Thompson was born in Dublin, Ireland, and enlisted in the British army, where his service culminated in his capture while picking blackberries. He switched allegiances, joined the colonials, and was sent to Virginia. Thompson was appointed the Fife Major of the 5th Virginia Regiment and remained a Fife Major as Virginia units organized during the war.

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Thompson was appointed Drum Major of the 3rd and 4th Virginia Regiment in October 1779. As a fife or drum major, he was responsible for training other field musicians. During the War of 1812, Governor Return J. Meigs appointed the aged Thompson Master Musician of the Ohio Militia and he joined General William Henry
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By Steve Stoessel
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Harrison's Grand Camp near Upper Sandusky. Thompson trained and drilled field musicians and his “activity was rather remarkable for a man of his age,” noted an eyewitness. Thompson was tragically murdered on December 28, 1837. Rebekah Lee Thompson (1762-1852) is buried beside her husband Richard. Other known Revolutionary War veterans buried in Fancher Cemetery are Benajah Cook from Connecticut (Row 7); William Fancher from New York (Row 8); Zimri Hills from Connecticut (Row 10), and James Garlinghouse from New Jersey (Row 19)
 
Erected 2019 by Harlem Township Heritage, Inc., The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 21-21.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 8.008′ N, 82° 49.665′ W. Marker is near Westerville, Ohio, in Delaware County. Marker is on Fancher Road one mile west of New Albany-Condit Road (Ohio Route 605), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11536 Fancher Road, Westerville OH 43082, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benajah Cook Sawmill and Farmstead (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rocky Fork Metro Park (approx. 1.9 miles away); Mills of Plain Township
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By Steve Stoessel
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(approx. 1.9 miles away); Wagnor Cemetery (approx. 2.8 miles away); Disposal of Land in Plain Township (approx. 3.1 miles away); Smith’s Burying Ground: Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 3.3 miles away); McDannald Pioneer Homestead (approx. 3.3 miles away); George and Christina Ealy House and Land (approx. 3.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicCemeteries & Burial SitesWar of 1812War, US Revolutionary
 
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By Steve Stoessel
4. Richard W. Thompson Gravestone
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 13, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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