Goffstown unveils new Minuteman statue
Army Lt. Col Mike Pelletier, center, listens to speeches about Grasmere and Goffstown history and the military skills of Gen. John Stark during the unveiling ceremony of the Minuteman statue on Nov. 9. Surrounding him are Selectman Nick Campasano, left, and his wife, Julie; and Sen. Lou D'Allesandro and his wife, Pat. (Susan Clark Photo)
"They were 43 men who dropped their plows and their fields and marched to Massachusetts, leaving their homesteads and their fortunes. Upon arriving at Lexington and Concord, they found an embankment of militia from all over New England. They formed into a regiment with other New Hampshire militia under Gen. John Stark and they fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill," said Phil D'Avanza, Historic District Commission vice chairman and selectman.
"We couldn't have done any of this without any of them," she said.
In fall 2006, the Heritage Commission began reviewing plans to replace the triangular-shaped common, and the design was approved in 2009. Through a Historic District Commission and Heritage fund, about $18,000 was collected for the statue, base, shipping and mounting. Fundraising and money donated by the town's 250th Anniversary Committee helped pay for the statue, which sits on a 6-ton rock that was specifically cut from 11 tons to fit the town's needs, D'Avanza said.
"The requirement for the Minutemen of ages 16 to 60 was to have a musket, a knife and a hatchet and be ready to go to work to defend his country at a minute's notice," he said.
Among the men standing guard over the Molly Stark cannon with the New Boston Artillery Company was town moderator Rod Stark, whose ancestor was Gen. John Stark's brother, William. Rod's four grandchildren are the ninth-generation in the Stark family legacy.
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