2nd Mendon Company Massachustts Militia
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2nd Mendon Company

3rd Worcester County Regiment
Massachusetts Militia

April 19th 1775

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The men in the 2nd Mendon Company, Col. Ezra Woods 3rd Worcester County Regiment commanded by Captain William Jennison, marched from Mendon to Roxbury and then on to Cambridge commencing the 19th of April 1775. William Jennison's company was comprised of 40 specially trained "Minute Men". By order of the Provincial Congress these men were to be ready for battle with all necessary equipment only minutes after an alarm was sounded.

Map U.S. Library of Congress
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The 2nd Mendon Company was prepared to engage the British should they choose to retreat from Lexington and Concord via the only land route back to Boston.

Under constant attack by the Massachusetts Militia throughout their retreat, the British officers led their soldiers back to Boston via the shortest route possible. This required the British to utilize the same boats used when the march began the night before. After the inital attacks on the 19th it was feared that the British would regroup and attack using Boston as its base. Captain Jennison's men were moved closer to what could become the front line of battle at Cambridge. (see map above) As it became increasingly clear that the British were not prepared to continue attacks Captain Jennison began to release soldiers under his command for their return trip back to Mendon. The company's return to Mendon was completed on May 1, 1775.


A Roll of the men in the 2nd Mendon Company that marched from Mendon to Roxbury on the 19th of April, 1775.

Rank

Rank

Name

Days of Service

Captain

William Jennison

12 1/2

Lieutenant

Caleb Cheeney

11

Lieutenant

Samuel Cobb

9

Sergeant

Adams Chapin

9

Sergeant

John Gibbs

9

Sergeant

William Jennison Jr.

12

Sergeant

Timothy Jones

10

Corporal

Asa Albee

9

Corporal

Josiah Brown

9

Corporal

William Lesure

9

Corporal

Sheffield Partridge

9

Drummer

Samuel French

11

Fifer

Daniel French

9

 

 

 

Private

Samuel Bowditch

10

Private

Edmond Bowker

9

Private

William Cheeney

12

Private

Samuel Davis

9

Private

Ebenezer Davis

9

Private

Aaron Davis

9

Private

Joseph Gibbs

9

Private

John Hayward

10

Private

Jesse Hayward

10 1/2

Private

Jonathan Hayward

11

Private

Jacob Hayward

8 1/2

Private

Joshua Hayward

8

Private

Warfield Hayward

10 1/2

Private

Joseph Jones Jr.

10 1/2

Private

John Jones

11 1/2

Private

Abraham Jones Jr.

11 1/2

Private

Henry Nelson

9

Private

Benjamin Norcross

9

Private

Eli Partridge

11 1/2

Private

Amos Sheppardson

9

Private

Abraham Stearns

9

Private

Seth Thayer

11 1/2

Private

Benjamin Vickery

11 1/2

Private

William Ward

11 1/2

Private

Samuel Warren

9

Private

Josiah Wheelock

10

Private

Daniel White

10 1/2

 

             Source: Military Records, Massachusetts Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1782

Note: This list provides a complete accounting of all who served and is identical to the one published Annals of Mendon.


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