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Westminster in Windham County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Westminster Massacre

 
 
William French Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 15, 2016
1. William French Marker
(east face)
Inscription.
(east face)
William French
Shot at Westminster
March 13, 1775,
Erected by the State
Of Vermont in 1873.
(north face)
Daniel Houghton
Shot at Westminster
March 13, 1775,
by an act of the
Vermont Legislature of 1904
These Bronze Tablets
Were Placed on this Monument
And the Foundation Reinforced
(west face)
The courthouse was
Located, north 81 D.
East, 17 rods.

Committee on
Tablets & Reinforcement A.D.1904
L.C. Richardson
J.B. Minard – J.P. Ranney
(south face)
In Memory of William French
Son to Mr. Nathaniel French
Who Was Shot at Westminster
March ye 13th, 1775.
by the Hands of Cruel Ministereal Tools
of George ye 3d,
in the Courthouse at a11a Clock at Night
in the 22nd year of his Age
Here William French his Body lies,
For Murder his Blood For Vengeance Cries,
King George the third his tory crew
tha with a bawl his head shot threw,
For Liberty and his Country's Good,
he Lost his Life, his Dearest Blood.

 
Erected 1904.
 
Location. 43° 4.294′ N, 72° 27.302′ W. Marker is in Westminster
Daniel Houghton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 15, 2016
2. Daniel Houghton Marker
(north face)
, Vermont, in Windham County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Old Cemetery Road (U.S. 5) and Shattuck Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in Westminster Old Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Westminster VT 05158, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); Bradley Law Office (approx. 0.3 miles away); Westminster World War II Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Kilburn Cabin (approx. 3.3 miles away in New Hampshire); First Connecticut River Bridge (approx. 4 miles away in New Hampshire); Bellows Falls Canal (approx. 4.3 miles away); Waypoint Center (approx. 4.5 miles away); Bellows Falls (approx. 4.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westminster.
 
Regarding The Westminster Massacre.
This monument marks “The Westminster Massacre” of March 13, 1775. A few determined men met and took possession of the Westminster courthouse to prevent the session of next day's court. The officers of the court (a band of local men led by the local sheriff) attacked them, and William French was killed and Daniel Houghton mortally wounded. The Westminster Massacre is viewed by some as the first battle of the American Revolution. The Westminster Massacre polarized Vermonters
The Westminster Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 15, 2016
3. The Westminster Massacre Marker
(west face)
and helped to fill the ranks of the Green Mountain Boys for the defense of Vermont, leading to their capturing Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain on May 10, 1775.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Massacre at Westminster, Vermont. (Submitted on September 21, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. The Westminster massacre on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 21, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
The Westminster Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 15, 2016
4. The Westminster Massacre Marker
(south face)
The Westminster Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 15, 2016
5. The Westminster Massacre Marker
William French Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 15, 2016
6. William French Marker
"In Memory of WILLIAM FRENCH, Son to Mr. Nathaniel French, Who Was Shot at Westminister, March ye 13th, 1775, by the hands of Cruel Ministerial tools of George ye 3d, in the Courthouse at a 11 a Clock at Night, in the 22nd year of his Age.

Here William French his Body lies, For Murder his Blood for Vengeance cries. King George the third his Tory crew tha with a bawl his head Shot threw. For Liberty and his Country's Good he Lost his Life, his Dearest Blood.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 21, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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