Period of the Revolutionary War Plaque - Springfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 05.972 W 072° 35.676
18T E 698904 N 4663627
Quick Description: Plaque on the Memorial Bridge between Springfield and West Springfield.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 7/2/2011 8:39:07 PM
Waymark Code: WMBXXR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
The Memorial Bridge itself was dedicated as a memorial to "those who had died as pioneers, and soldiers in the Revolutionary, Civil and Foreign Wars". There are four columns on the Memorial Bridge each carries a plaque. This plaque is on the north and east side of the bridge.

On the north pedestrian walkway of the Memorial Bridge there is a plaque honoring the all those who participated in the Revolutionary War; those who fought and those who supported the war on the home front. In particular, it mentions the contribution of General William Shepard both during the war and later during Shay's Rebellion.

The plaque is inscribed:

PERIOD OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR

Dedicated to the patriots who created the nation we inherit. Perils faced by colonist and their descendants schooled self reliant men to assert the right of self government. Still their Declaration of Independence is for the healing of the nation.

From the call for Minute Men April 19, 1775 to the surrender of the British at Yorktown eight years later men and women of this region risked all for civil liberty. During those bitter years the leaders of the community shared in council and battle upon committees of safety and in command of troops with scant exception the list of citizens was the roll of patriots.

Highest rank was attained by General William Shepard of Westfield. Four years later as Major General of Militia he spent a year subduing the Armed forces of Shay's Rebellion and upholding constitutional government the attack on the United States Arsenal in Springfield was frustrated January 25, 1787 and the malcontent movement waned.

Out of disorder met with patient adequacy the fathers brought the reign of law to adorn the triumph of their arms.
Type of Memorial: Plaque

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