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Nathan Hatch CLICK for LARGE IMAGE (1757-1847) was born in Attleborough, Bristol County, Massachusetts on November 16, 1757. Hatch served four separate enlistments during the Revolution. In July 1776, at the age of 19, he enlisted as a private in Captain Isaac Hodges' Company. The company marched to Dorchester, near Boston, where they joined the regiment commanded by Colonel Ebenezer Francis. Hatch's enlistment was up in November 1776 and he returned to Attleborough. Hatch enlisted in Captain Moses Wilmot's Company of Colonel John Dagget's Regiment in 1777, or 1778. The regiment marched to Warwick, Rhode Island, where the soldiers acted as guards on the defensive against the British stationed at Newport. Upon the expiration of his enlistment, Hatch returned to Attleborough and enlisted in Captain Caleb Richardson's Company of Colonel John Hathaway's Regiment. He served from January 1 to April 1, 1778 or 1779, and was stationed at Little Compton Point, Rhode Island. In June 1780 Hatch enlisted for a six-month term. The newly recruited company, under the command of Lieutenant Bancroft, marched from Springfield, Massachusetts, to Westport, New York where Hatch was transferred to Captain Miller's Company of Colonel Joseph Vose's regiment-the First Massachusetts. Hatch completed his six-month enlistment and was discharged in November 1780. He did not see any other service in the Revolutionary War, but returned to Attleborough.

Nathan Hatch had several interesting experiences, which he related in his pension application submitted in 1832. He was present when Major Andre was hanged, during his military service he came in contact with General George Washington, Gebneral Nathaniel Greene, The Marquis de Lafayette and Baron von Steuben. Hatch maintained that one day on the parade Baron von Steuben "picked out" a corps for Lafayette to command, and "refused to accept one soldier by the name of Levi Chaffee because he was too old and crooked." Presumably von Steuben intended to create a unit equivalent to the elite Life Guard to serve under the Marquis.

In 1794, Hatch moved to Halifax, Vermont, then to New York, and finally, in 1843, to Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Territory. Nathan Hatch died on November 10, 1847, at the age of 90, and is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Section 9, Town of Brookfield, City of Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Nathan's grave is marked by several tributes, including a flag pole installed in his honor. The cemetery is located on North Brookfield Road, one-half mile south of Capitol Drive, Brookfield. There is a hand-painted Waukesha County Historical Society sign about Hatch and others at the cemetery's entrance

GPS coordinates -- N43.08312; W088.14526


(Portions reprinted from Solders of the American Revolution Buried in Wisconsin by Robert G. Carroon, who was Curator of Research Collections for the Milwaukee Country Historical Society in 1975.)

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