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#323 - Dorchester Heights

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Rare 1780 document from the Minutemen of Dorchester Heights
Description                           Estimate: $2,000+          

Revolutionary War–dated manuscript DS, one page, 8 x 12.75, 1780. Payroll roster from Captain Lemuel Clap’s company, headed, “We the Subscribers have Rec’d of Capt. Lemuel Clap the Whole of the Wages for the Months May June & July for Service at Dorchester Heights.” Each man signs below to acknowledge receipt of his pay, with names including: James Humphrey, William Humphrey, Nathaniel Clap (Lieut.), Joseph Bird, Ezra Clap, Daniel Fairn, Ebenezer Maxfield, Edward Bird, Nathaniel Topliff, David Clap, Jr., Aaron Bird (Drummer), John Foster (Fifer), Joseph Bird, Jr., Reuben Torrey, Ebenezer Withington, John Clap, Isaac Bird, John Blackman, John Capen, Lemuel Clap, Jr., John Atherton, Aaron Bird (Lieut.), Zach Bostwick, Enoch Glover, Lemuel Collyer, David Clap, Ephraim Mann, William Mann, Thomas Worthington, Francis De Luca, John Wiswell, John Wiswell, Jr., and Joseph Withington, Jr. In fine condition, with some staining along the left edge.

Eight of these soldiers were Minutemen who assembled as part of the Dorchester company which assembled on April 19, 1775, the day of the Battle of Lexington: Nathaniel Clap, Ezra Clap, Daniel Fairn, Ebenezer Maxfield, Lemuel Clap, Jr., John Atherton, Francis De Luca, and Joseph Withington, Jr. A year later came the significant Fortification of Dorchester Heights in which patriot forces occupied the area overlooking Boston Harbor and mounted powerful cannons there to defend against British invasion. This decisive action precipitated the end of the siege of Boston and the withdrawal of British troops from the city.


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