Talbot County Revolutionary War soldier honored for Memorial Day
Beneath an old tree near the rear of Spring Hill Cemetery in Easton is the marker for the little drummer boy who was among the youngest soldiers to serve during the American Revolutionary War. Solomon Barrott was the last surviving Continental soldier of the famous Maryland Line. His service was documented in his official pension application before a Talbot County judge, who wrote: “He enlisted in the Spring of the year 1779, as a private in the Army of the Revolution and was placed as a Fifer in the Company of Captain James Gray, then of the fifth Maryland Regiment, commanded at that time by Colonel John E. Howard. He Served as a Fifer in the Company of Captain Gray, until Gray was taken prisoner on Long Island in the year 1779. He was afterwards put into the Company of Captain Perry Benson and served as a Fifer under him until the capture of Cornwallis; after that time he served as a waiter to Captain Benson, till the end of the Revolutionary war. He was in the following Battles, to wit; the Battle of Gates Defeat, Camden (Battle of Camden, Aug. 15-16, 1780) and Guilford Court House (March 15, 1781).” Barrott’s tombstone reads: “Erected in memory of Solomon Barrott, drummer boy at the Battle of Cowpens, the last surviving Continental soldier of the Maryland line in the American Revolution. Died in Easton, Maryland on December 6, 1851, in his 88th year.”
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