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

Old Men of Menotomy

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
1. Old Men of Menotomy Marker
Inscription.
At this spot
on April 19, 1775
the Old Men of Menotomy
captured a convoy of
eighteen soldiers with supplies
on its way to join
the British at Lexington.

 
Location. 42° 24.932′ N, 71° 9.232′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue (U.S. 3) and Pleasant Street (Massachusetts Route 60), on the right when traveling east on Massachusetts Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington MA 02474, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Captain Cooke’s Mill Lane (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Whittemore Park (about 300 feet away); Samuel Whittemore (about 400 feet away); Cooper’s Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); House of John Cutter (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jason Russell House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Arlington Reservoir (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Foot of the Rocks (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
Also see . . .  Menotomy Minuteman Historical Trail, A Walking Tour of Arlington’s Past. From page 11: "A group – numbering twelve
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By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
2. Marker in Arlington, Mass
- later known as “the old men of Menotomy” who were up in years and unfit for military duty, met at Cooper’s Tavern to form a plan for capturing the wagons. They chose David Lamson, a courageous man supposedly of African and Indian descent to lead them in their attack on the convoy. The band hid behind a stonewall to wait for the convoy’s arrival. As it passed, Lamson and his men jumped up, leveled their muskets and ordered the British troops (one officer; thirteen soldiers) to surrender."
(Submitted on August 4, 2009.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,663 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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