Call For Help Bears Fruit

A few days ago I asked for help in uncovering photos or other information regarding the old “muster field”or fields described in Catherine’s post of August 16. There has been a vigorous response to my request, including suggestions for the location of the civil war field and theories regarding the possible colonial era field.

The jackpot was hit when Jude Seminara sent me photos of the inscriptions in granite described in the 1954 essay contained in the August 16 post. Obviously, the location of these carvings is known to Jude and others, but without the owner’s permission, I feel I shouldn’t publicly disclose that information.

The inscriptions are described in the 1954 essay as follows:

At the extreme end on a flat smooth ledge there is the record of at least one company of soldiers who trained there. Carved in the granite and still in good condition is the insignia of a crossed cannon, musket and sabre. Below are the letters “D. L. I.,” which I found afterwards stood for “Danvers Light Infantry,” then the letters “M. V. M.,” standing for “Massachusetts Volunteer Militia” and then “Co. C 17th Regiment, Capt. Fuller, 1861.”

On another smooth ledge adjoining are numerous initials, presumably of some of the men who camped there. The growth of the moss and lichens on the granite show conclusively that the carving was made on or about the year indicated, 1861.

Here are Jude’s photos. As you can see, some are hard to decipher.Try matching them against the written description contained in the essay.






Many thanks to Jude for sharing these photos. He and I are planning an autumn excursion into the Old Thompson Road area to search for other relics, perhaps even discover the location of the circa 18th century training field mentioned in the article and supported by entries in town records.




  • Very cool!


  • Marty,

    Very nice and you may be surprised by what you find. I know we used to go up into days woods and other locations finding old bottles and tins bring then antique shops. My childhood friend found a revolutionary cannon ball or may have been civil war one made the Gloucester Daily Times back in the 60’s…Lot’s of exploring in those days go out early in the morning come back close to dusk! Thanks for the history here!🙂 Dave & Kim🙂


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