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Hezekiah Wyman
« on: August 18, 2013, 08:54:52 PM »
Some great posts about Death on a pale Horse

http://boston1775.blogspot.com/2010/06/documented-life-of-hezekiah-wyman.html

Hezekiah Wyman

There was a middle-aged Militiaman that stood out on the battlefield on April 19th, 1775. His name was Hezekiah Wyman from the town of Woburn, now called Winchester, MA.
Hezekiah was 55 years old on April 19th and his wife assured him that he was too old to fight.
Undaunted, Hezekiah gathered up his musket, powder and ball and saddled his strong white mare to gallop toward his destiny.
When he encountered the British column on the road east of Lexington, he stood alone against hundreds of the King's finest troops. Rather than retreat to a safer position, he fired upon an advancing Redcoat, dropping him with a single shot.
Hezekiah became well known to both sides this day - a "tall gaunt man with long gray hair mounted on a beautiful white horse". He must have been a sight behold.
The British infantry grew to rue the sight of this solitary soldier. You see, Hezekiah Wyman was a crack shot - a marksman with few peers.
Repeatedly, he would ride out within range of the British vanguard, dismount, and lay the long barrel of his deadly musket across the saddle of his mare.
With careful skill he would squeeze off a shot. Every time he did so another Regular was sent to his maker to explain his sins.
Upon completion of his mortal task, he would remount and ride ahead to a new position only to repeat his deadly dead with the cold precision of a man well acquainted with combat.
He was later recalled as a "grim, gray-headed messenger of mortality mounted upon death's pale horse".
Hezekiah could certainly have just accepted his wife's counsel and stayed at home this day, but he did not. A man of conviction and courage, he preferred not only to fight, but to repeatedly take on an entire British brigade all by himself, and in doing so, struck fear into the heart of his enemy.
Heroes are not born, they are revealed by their actions in times of crisis. This is the one thing they hold in common with cowards. We would think of this man as a hero today, but likely such notions would have embarrassed him. He was merely doing what any decent man would have done when his home was attacked, without provocation, by men with no concern for justice.
 


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