All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Revolutionary Soldier Threatened

Bethel's Riverside Cemetery is more "riverside" than ever. The Androscoggin each spring nibbles away at the steep bank at one corner of the yard.
Last year the river eroded its bank to within 17 feet of the nearest grave.

This spring, the same grave is less than eight feet from the bank.

A few feet down from that spot, the bank is within 25 feet of the grave of Revolutionary War soldier Eli Twitchell.

The Riverside Cemetery Association has applied for a federal disaster relief grant to help fix the bank to prevent more erosion. [Link]
Twitchell came to Bethel (then Sudbury Canada) in 1782, having fought and suffered crippling injuries at Bunker Hill.


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