Saturday, July 5, 2008

Question re S. Hadley response to Lexington Alarm


Perhaps Sophie Eastman’s book would have something. Perhaps Graves Street in S. Hadley was named for Aaron Graves. Perhaps you could tell her that on behalf of the Society, in case she does not already know that.

Perhaps you have information about Ruggles that would interest her.

-Bob Judge


From: John Fjelstad
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2008 11:51 AM
Subject: Question re S. Hadley response to Lexington Alarm

Hello SHHS,

I'm reading Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer where he describes how on April 18-19, 1775 multiple messengers sounded the Lexington Alarm, starting from Boston and extending out 30 miles in different directions, in less than 24 hours.

According to my family history, my ancestor Aaron GRAVES, of South Hadley, responded to the Lexington Alarm and enlisted April 20, 1775 in a regiment of minutemen lead by Col Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge.

Wonder if you could suggest accessible stories or accounts of how and when South Hadley received word of the Alarm and the people's response.

Thank you,

Wendy Fjelstad
817 N. Parkview St
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

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