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Major Fearing Memorial Plaque (Memorials)

FAIRHAVEN MEMORIALS                                     

Location: Fort Phoenix





ERECTED IN MEMORY OF
MAJOR ISRAEL FEARING
THE ARDENT PATRIOT AND
ACCOMPLISHED SOLDIER
______________

ON THE 7TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1778
THE BRITISH TROOPS LANDED FROM
THEIR SHIPS IN THE BAY FOR THE
PURPOSE OF BURNING THIS TOWN.
BY THE UNFLINCHING COURAGE OF
MAJOR FEARING,
AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF
THE MILITIA.  THE ENEMY
WAS BRAVELY MET AND
COMPLETELY DEFEATED
AND THE TOWN
WAS SAVED.

Fearing Memorial - The boulder and foundation was constructed in 1904 as a memorial to Major Israel Fearing of Wareham who led a contingent of troops that routed the British in 1787.  The memorial was erected by the Fairhaven Improvement Association in the parapet at Fort Phoenix and the bronze plaque was set in the east side of the boulder.  The dedication took place on July 29, 1905, the day being declared as a mid-summer festival for Fairhaven, consisting of a clambake, various speakers, patriotic songs by the Musical Exchange band.  During the evening there was a band concert and fireworks. The plaque was stolen from its resting place in 1998.  Anew plaque has been cast and is in the hallway of the Town Hall awaiting mounting.

Source: Old Fairhaven Star newspaper articles (undated), Millicent Library archives.