Fairbank Moore Powder Horn 1777


An Interesting Relic.


To the Editor of the Vermont Phoenix:


In the "History and Description of New England" it is stated that "Fairbank Moore and his son" were among the first settlers of Brattleboro; that they were both killed by the Indians at the West River Meadows, and the wife and daughter of the son were carried into captivity. My paternal grandfather, of Townshend, was wounded in the battle of Bennington by a musket ball shot through his groin, and, on leaving the field, he picked up a powder horn, marked, in rude carving, "Fairbank Moore -- his horn." When a lad this horn was given me by the hand of my ancestor, the finder. I still keep the valuable gift. How came it on the field of battle? The probable answer to the question is that it was in the possession of the Moores when they were killed, was taken as a trophy by their murderers, and, becoming the property of a warrior, was carried by him, either as friend or foe of the patriots, to the battle, and that he was dispossessed of it during the engagement. At any rate, whatever its history, it is an interesting relic at this particular moment, as a memento of the fight.


T.

Somerville, Mass.,

July 7, 1877


Vermont Phoenix, July 13, 1877.


The soldier Joseph Tyler recovered the powder horn, and received a pension from Vermont until his death on July 25, 1815.


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