Lyndeborough honors 14 local men who didn’t return

LYNDEBOROUGH – On Memorial Sunday, the Lafayette Artillery Company, which was formed in 1804, honors all veterans past and present, but this year, the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, special honors were paid to the 14 local men who did not return, of the approximately 110 who served.

The Soldiers’ Monument, erected in 1879 at the edge of the South Cemetery, lists the 14 men who died. The first name is Harvey Holt, who is considered the first casualty from New Hampshire. He died at the first battle of Bull Run in Virginia on July 21, 1861. The town’s Grand Army of the Republic Post is also named for him.

Ceremonies on the Village Common included President Abraham Lincoln, in the person of Steve Wood of Claremont, who paid tribute to Lyndeborough’s veterans and read the Gettysburg Address.

Period music was provided by the Black River Fife and Drum Corp of Vermont.

Veteran Paul Martin read “Only a Soldier (A soldier died today.”)

Artillery Captain Walter Holland read the names of those who died in the Civil War, their regiments and where they had died, including one at Gettysburg and another at the notorious Andersonville Prison.

Following the ceremonies, the 1844 brass cannon was fired, with the pin pulled by several veterans.

Earlier in the day, ceremonies were held in the Center and South Cemeteries.

Flags which had flown on veterans graves last year were offered to those who wished to display or keep them.