Thomas Avery (c.1764 - 1781)

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Birthplace: Groton, New London, CT
Death: Died in Groton Heights, New London, CT
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Died in defense of Fort Griswold, September 6, 1781

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Just as Major Montgomery was entering the ditch, where he had valiantly led his men, he fell dead, thrust through with a spear. His men rushed to avenge him, and the fight raged furiously. Lieutenant Park Avery turned to his eldest son, a boy of seventeen, "Tom, my son, do your duty." "Never fear, father," the boy replied, and the next instant fell. "It was in a good cause," said his father, as he carried him to the barracks. The gate of the fort was broken in, but the soldier who did this was shot dead. The enemy, four or five to one, were breaking the pickets down, shooting the defenders, and climbing up the walls. Solid shot was dashed upon their heads, there being no time to load. The flag was shot away, and the British cheered; in another instant, it was raised on a spike-pole by Luke Perkins. The enemy rushed into the northeast bastion and broke down the gate.

Gravestone Inscription:

 Sacred to the
  Memory of Mr
  Thomas Avery
son to Park Avery
   Jr who made
 his Exit in Fort
  Griswold Sept.
  6th 1781, Aged
    17 years.

   Life how short
 Eternity how long
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Groton, New London, CT
September 6, 1781
Age 17
Groton Heights, New London, CT
Groton, New London, CT