Nicholas Kopp

  • Jeannine Woutersz - Town Historian

Picture: June 16, 1999 – Nicholas Kopp as the “Drummer Boy” led a march to the grave of Edward Bevins at Louden Cemetery.

Can it possibly be 10 years since the Millennium?

1999 brought two historic signs to Wilton courtesy of Saratoga County Celebrates 2000 matching grants through the Historian’s office. One sign designated the site of the Emerson Tavern, the first site of Wilton government at the corner of Ballard and North Roads.

The second sign was for Edward Bevin, The Revolutionary Drummer Boy who is buried at Louden cemetery. The sign was installed in June of 1999 and dedicated on June 16, the 224th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

The Dorothy Nolan students participated in the ceremony. The Bell Chime Choir led by music teacher Debbie Craig, played “Yankee Doodle” and “Bunker Hill” and Meredith Bull sang a Revolutionary War song. Nick Torres and Sonya Preece read a brief biography of Edward Bevins. He was born in 1759 and had just turned 16 when he enlisted in the New Hampshire Militia fighting against the British at Bunker Hill. After the war he followed the old Indian trail along the Palmertown Range and settled in Wilton and lived in the Louden Road area. Marra Corona read a poem “The Hero of the Drum”.

Nick Kopp, a student from Corinth, was dressed as the Drummer boy and led a march of the students through the cemetery to the grave site. Kristopher Conway held a 13 star 1776 flag as they marched to the drum beat. The students and all the public in attendance were silent and reverent. The gravesite had no tombstone and promised the students we would soon have a new white marble stone to honor Edward Bevins. The Saratoga County Veterans Bureau helped me keep this promise.

I reminded the students that “We have made History today”.