Way Back When... 1777
Published 12:00 am, Friday, April 21, 2017
Thirty-seven Revolutionary War soldiers are buried in the Greens Farms Lower Cemetery at Greens Farms Road and the Sherwood Island connector. Near the far right corner lies the grave of 25-year old Lt. Samuel Elmer who was killed in the Battle of Compo Hill on April 25, 1777. His stone reads:
Our Youthful hero bold in arms
His country’s cause his bosom warm;
To save her rights: fond to engage
And guard her from a tyrant’s rage.
Flies to ye field of blood and death,
And gloriously resigned his breath.
Two medals are planted on the sides of the stone, each commemorating the patriot’s courage during the Battle of Compo.
The colonial cemetery was consecrated as “God’s Acre” in 1730 and many of the early stones are arranged in parallel rows facing east. The idea was to be ready for Judgment Day, so when the sun rose in morning, these souls would meet their maker.
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Margaret Mazer for the Westport Historical Society.
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