• Rare Winter Hill Pay Order For American Service Wages Shortly After The Revolutionary War Began

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    Steeped in history, WINTER HILL in Somerville, MA, is an extraordinarily important site, dating back to the Plymouth Pilgrims in 1621 when Captain Miles Standish, military protector of the Pilgrims, became the first European to explore the hill.  Later, it became a gateway for many Revolutionary War events.

     

    During the Siege of Boston, the hill was covered with white sailcloth tents pitched by American soldiers. On September 1, 1774, 260 British troops marched over Winter Hill and on to attack the American patriots’ Powder House. This secret raid proved to be a dress rehearsal for the assault on Concord.  On April 19, 1775, Paul Revere galloped over Winter Hill’s 135-foot peak on his midnight ride toward Lexington.  Two months later on June 17, 1775, a field hospital for the Battle of Bunker Hill’s wounded was formed at the summit of Winter Hill.  In 1777, it became home to a prisoner of war camp after the American victory at Saratoga, NY, when 2000 Hessians or German prisoners were captured. American martyr, Captain Nathan Hale, spent the last year of his life Ranger training on Winter Hill. After volunteering to be one of Gen. George Washington’s spies, he was captured by the British and executed.

     

    Approximately 2 1/2 x 6 pay order, “Winter Hill, Sept. 15th, 1775, I, Benjm [Benjamin] Tuck Do give this order to Capt. Moses Leavitt to Draw what wages is Due or Shall be allowed to me for Being in the American Service.”  Signed by Benj Tuck.

     

    First Winter Hill document we’ve ever offered.

     

    Document is housed in a contemporary frame. Expected soiling and foxing.

     

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