Finding the grave of George Washington’s drummer boy Greenmount’s cemetery is largely abandoned. Having filled nearly every plot by the turn of the 20th century, there began a mass exodus of the dead for the more tony Ferncliff Cemetery a few mile away. Within a decade, the final resting place resembled more of a park than cemetery. Greenmount Cemetery is located between East High Street, East Main Street, Greenmount Avenue, and Florence Street in Springfield, Ohio. Greenmount has some of the few soldiers of the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 buried on its grounds. Most notable, the drummer boy named Merrifield “Little Daddy” Vicory was laid to rest in the cemetery and remains there today.”Ohio archæological and historical quarterly” Alex’s uncle John, a school teacher and life-long resident, led us on the quest to find Merrifield Vicory’s final resting spot. Alex and John found the grave hidden amongst some very overgrown hedges near the High Street side of the cemetery. Although a challenge to find, Alex and John manage to spot the grave and it’s legend that Merrifield served as General George Washington’s drummer boy during the Revolutionary War. MERRIFIELD VICORY was a drummer boy in the Revo-lutionary War, and had his drum shot out from his side at the Siegeof Yorktown, later receiving a pension for his services in the conflict.He was an odd but genial character. He located in Springfieldin 1814; he was a short, round man, with a jolly face, and soonbecame known as “Little Daddy Vicory.”He did not lackcourage, as will be seen from the following narrative. “Earlyon a Sunday morning, while living in Springfield, he discovereda thief stealing bacon from his smoke-house ; securing a rope hecaught the thief and tied him securely until the hour when peoplewere on their way to church, when he drove him to the Presby-terian Meeting-House, under the persuasive influence of a largeclub, with two sides of bacon tied to his shoulders, taking himto the door of the church he asked the people, there assembled, ifthey claimed him as one of their members. This was such ahumiliating lesson that the thief, upon being released, disappearedand never was seen in the town again.”Soon after locating inSpringfield, Merrifield Vicory bought ten acres of the land onwhat afterward became the east end of High Street. He diedin March, 1849, in the seventy-eighth year of his age, and wasburied with military honors in Greenmount Cemetery.“Ohio Archæological and Historical Quarterly” Nothing quenches history detectives more than a trip afterward to a Big Boy restaurant. 39.924227 -83.808817 AdvertisementShare this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintPocketLike this:Like Loading... Related Published by J. Sullivan View all posts by J. Sullivan
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I have never heard that story before. Very interesting.
My research was inclusive as whether or not this drummer boy was ever directly under the command of George Washington, but it’s plausible.