Israel Bissell - Hinsdale, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 26.543 W 073° 06.841
18T E 655108 N 4700618
Quick Description: The grave of Revolutionary War hero Israel Bissell is located in Hinsdale Cemetery, a.k.a. Maple Street Cemetery, in Hinsdale, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 9/29/2019 6:48:11 AM
Waymark Code: WM11CR8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
Views: 2

Long Description:

On April 19, 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord marked the start of the American Revolution. Four riders set out to warn colonists of the start of the war. They are Paul Revere, Samuel Prescott, William Dawes, and Israel Bissell. Paul Revere is the most famous because he was immortalized in the poem "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. However Israel Bisell, whose name is harder to rhyme, actually traveled farther and faster than any other rider.

Post rider Israel Bissel left Watertown, MA on horseback at 10 a.m. on April 19, 1775 and reached Philadelphia, PA on April 24th at 5 p.m. Covering a distance of 345 miles in four days and seven hours while passing through Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey before reaching Philadelphia, PA.

Afterward he returned to Hartford, CT and and enlisted in the Connecticut regiment and become a sergeant under the command of Colonel Erastus Wolcott.

Location type: Single Grave

Date of Birth: 1752

Date of Death: 10/24/1823

Cause of death: Died Later

Grave Marker Text:

The grave of Israel Bissell is marked by a worn stone headstone and a bronze plaque placed by the Peace Party Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution.

The plaque is inscribed:

IN MEMORY OF
ISRAEL BISSELL
POST RIDER FROM WATERTOWN TO PHILADELPHIA
ALERTING TOWNS OF BRITISH ATTACK
AT LEXINGTON APRIL 19, 1775

PLACED BY THE PEACE PARTY CHAPTER
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION



Ranks:
Sergeant


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PLEASE NOTE: This category is for American Revolutionary War Veterans only. Veterans of other revolutions are not part of this category.

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