New Hampshire heroes


I visited Concord, NH last week and made sure to see the state house and walk around the grounds.

To the left out of frame is a statue of Franklin Pierce, New Hampshire’s only President. The center statue is Daniel Webster. The statue to the right is of John P. Hale, a New Hampshire politician who was Congressman, Senator, Free Soil Party candidate for President, and ambassador to Spain.

To the left in the trees is General John Stark, seen better in the pic below.

Stark is best known for his actions in the battles of Bunker Hill, Trenton, Princeton, and especially Bennington. His rallying cry at Bennington was, “There are your enemies, the Red Coats and the Tories. They are ours, or this night Molly Stark sleeps a widow!” New Hampshire takes its state motto from his 1809 letter to his fellow Bennington veterans, “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.” I wish I had made it to Bennington, VT to see the battlefield, but I didn’t have the time, and the museum is closed this late in the year anyway.

On the back side of the statehouse is a statue of George Hamilton Perkins who rose to the rank of Commodore in the U.S. Navy.

Quite the resumé.

The Navy has named three ships after Commodore Perkins, the last being a Gearing-class destroyer. The Battle of Mobile Bay sounds like good post fodder.

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  1. MikeD

    General John Stark is also known for his family’s motto of “Winter is coming” as well as his famous descendant Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man.

    Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

  2. Mobile Bay? Mom likes to tell the story of the Grand Hotel at Point Clear, AL commissioning a famous artist to paint a massive mural of the battle. After a year or so of research and effort, he unveiled his masterpiece.

    And had the Confederates winning.