New Castle was intended to live up to its starring role in American Revolution: Letters

New Castle was to live up to its starring role in the American Revolution

18 Nov — To the Editor:

In the town of New Castle, there is interest in putting up a sign at each end of the town’s entry points announcing New Castle as the “site of the first gunfire of the American Revolution.” The motivation for the sign came from the recent discovery of an affidavit from British Archives file C05-939, Section 63. The section describes how a Patriot attack on Fort William and Mary on December 14, 1774 was met with cannon and musket fire fired by the king’s men four months before the battles of Lexington and Concord in April 1775. The relevant passage, sworn testimony of then-Captain John Cochrane, reads in part: