, 2022-09-21 16:39:38,
Published: 9/21/2022 5:30:49 PM
Modified: 9/21/2022 5:30:11 PM
Peterborough’s Veterans Memorial Wall downtown will have some new names, as soldiers who fought in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution will be added.
The Select Board agreed to include money in the town’s budget to include the names. Nadia MacStay, who along with Dick Dunning has spearheaded the project, said the idea to add the names came to her after having walked by the memorial many times.
“I’m into local history and history in general, and I noticed there wasn’t anything there for the Revolutionary War and especially the French and Indian War,” she said.
MacStay referred to the French and Indian War as a “forgotten war,” and said while reading the history of Peterborough, she was struck by how many men fought in this war and how many died.
“Thirty-two men fought in the French and Indian War and 14 died,” MacStay said. “Percentage-wise, that’s staggering. It seemed like something good we could do to honor these people.”
In her research, MacStay relied upon information taken from Albert Smith’s “History of the Town of Peterborough,” published in 1876; Jonathan Smith’s “Peterborough, New Hampshire, in the American Revolution,” published in 1913, as well as a history and genealogy website for Hillsborough County.
In 1775, there were 125 men age 16 and over in Peterborough,…
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