Civil War Riot of 1861

January 09. 2014 3:58PM

Route 107
Fremont, NH

Marker Number: 170
Name and date established: Fremont 1996

Description: In 1928, the Exeter News-Letter printed an eye-witness account of Fremont's July 4, 1861 Civil War riot, written by 77-year-old Alden F. Sanborn. After Fremont's loyal citizens raised a 150-foot 'liberty pole' at nearby Liberty Square and had run up the Union flag, a southern sympathizer moved to put a bullet through it. Someone immediately moved to put a bullet through that man. (A small riot ensued) which was then squelched with the aid of the brave boys in blue, one of whom remarked "If we were going to fight the rebels...we had as soon commence here as anywhere."

Location: Located on Route 107 in Fremont, NH


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