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CHAPTER XXI.

SOLDIERS.

    Canaan ought to be a loyal and patriotic town. It has been largely fertilized with the remains of patriotic men. In all her graveyards repose the dust of those who in the gloom of the uncertain result of the Revolution, enlisted in the three New Hampshire regiments and went forth from pleasant homes to fight and win liberty and independence for themselves and the unborn millions with whom their most prophetic visions would never have dared to people this great country. They went forth cheerfully, supplying their own necessities. It is a list to be proud of and each one of them is deserving of more honor than we are able to bestow. Their example and habits of thought doubtless did much towards forming the character of our people. As citizens, they are known to have been law-abiding, and to have exercised a powerful influence for good morals. They were not educated men, but they were reverently religious and were constant attendants upon the service of God. The remains of forty-three of these soldiers lie buried in Canaan; some of the graves are marked by stones and many of them rest in unmarked graves and their ashes mingle with the common soil of the town.

    Thomas Baldwin, died in Waterville, Me., and was buried in Boston, Mass. Joseph Wheat, Joshua Richardson, John May, Reynolds Gates, Robert Martin, Salmon Cobb, Eliphalet Richardson, Enoch Richardson and Ezra Nichols, were buried in the Street Cemetery; the last two have no headstones, but Enoch Richardson is undoubtedly buried beside his wife. Daniel Blaisdell, John Worth, Daniel Colby, Henry Springer, Ezekiel Wells, Jonathan Dustin, David Dustin, Josiah Clark, Joshua Wells, Jonathan B. Cross, Richard Whittier and Robert Barber, lie buried in the Wells Cemetery; the grave of the last is not marked by any stone, and the headstone of Ezekiel Wells is not over his grave. Warren Wilson, Samuel Meacham and Richard Otis lie in the Cemetery at West Canaan. William, John and