Lt. David Arnold

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David Arnold

Birthplace: Braintree, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts
Death: December 1810 (78)
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Arnold and Sarah Arnold
Husband of Phoebe Arnold
Father of Samuel Arnold and William Arnold
Brother of Samuel Arnold, Jr. Twin; Mary Spear; Sarah Hunt, 2; Joseph Arnold, Sr.; John Arnold and 4 others

Occupation: Judge
Managed by: Scott David Hibbard
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About Lt. David Arnold

Revolutionary War Veteran

From Lineage Book, Volume 30, by Daughters of the Revolution pg. 210

Gr- gr -granddaughter of David Arnold and Phoebe Pratt, his wife. David Arnold 1732- 1810 served as lieutenant at the Lexington Alarm. He was born in Braintree, Mass., where died.

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Lexington Alarm

From: The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut

The first battle of the Revolutionary War, fought in Massachusetts on April 19, 1775. British troops had moved from Boston toward Lexington and Concord to seize the colonists' military supplies and arrest revolutionaries. In Concord, advancing British troops met resistance from the Minutemen, and American volunteers harassed the retreating British troops along the Concord-Lexington Road. Paul Revere, on his famous ride, had first alerted the Americans to the British movement.

General Gage learned of the collection of military stores at Concord and determined to send a force of Redcoats to destroy them. His preparations were made with the utmost secrecy. Yet so alert and ubiquitous were the patriot eyes in Boston that when the picked British force of 700 men set out on the night of April 18, 1775, two messengers, Paul Revere and William Dawes, preceded them to spread the alarm throughout the countryside. At dawn on the 1st of April when the British arrived at Lexington, the halfway point to Concord, they found a body of militia drawn up on the village green. Some nervous finger - whether of British Regular or American militiaman is unknown to this day - pressed a trigger. The impatient British Regulars, apparently without any clear orders from their commanding officer, fired a volley, then charged with the bayonet. The militiamen dispersed, leaving eight dead and ten wounded on the ground. The British column went on to Concord, destroyed such of the military stores as the Americans had been unable to remove, and set out on their return journey.

By this time, the alarm had spread far and wide, and both ordinary militia and minutemen had assembled along the British route. From behind walls, rocks, and trees, and from houses they poured their fire into the columns of Redcoats, while the frustrated Regulars found few targets for their accustomed volleys or bayonet charges. Only the arrival of reinforcements sent by Gage enabled the British column to get back to the safety of Boston. At day's end the British counted 273 casualties out of a total of 1,800 men engaged; American casualties numbered 95 men, including the toll at Lexington. What happened was hardly a tribute to the marksmanship of New England farmers - it has been estimated 75,000 shots poured from their muskets that day - but it did testify to a stern determination of the people of Massachusetts to resist any attempt by the British to impose their will by armed force.


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Lt. David Arnold's Timeline

July 23, 1732
Braintree, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts
January 13, 1766
Norton, Bristol, Massachusetts, British America
September 4, 1774
Norton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
December 1810
Age 78
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States