Stark, John

NY — 16 August 1777.
Bennington, VT — An obelisk marks the site where military supplies were stored and commemorates the battle that took place two miles away in New York.
Bennington, VT — An obelisk marks the site where military supplies were stored and commemorates the battle that took place two miles away in New York.
New Castle, NH — Overlooking the Piscataqua River, Little Harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean, Fort Stark was named in honor of General John Stark, commander of New Hampshire forces at the Battle of Bennington (1777).
Medford, MA — Completed by Isaac Royall in 1739, the house is an expansion of an older brick house and is considered one of the finest 18th-century buildings in New England. The Slave Quarters is the only such structure in the northern U.S.

As students of Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau are always reminding us, the age of reason was really an age of sentiment. In this too, Washington was a man of his age. When he established the first general decoration in the American Army, the Purple Heart, it was not (as it became in the twentieth century) an award available to all soldiers wounded in the line of duty. Only privates and noncomissioned officers could win the original Badge of Military Merit, a cloth-shaped heart sewn over the man’s actual heart, which allowed him to pass all guards and sentinels which officers are permitted to do. The symbol was not of heart’s blood shed, but of virtue proceeding from the heart. Limiting the award to nonofficers was meant to indicate that great virtue can be shown regardless of rank — that in Washington’s words, the road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is thus open to all.

Garry Wills
Cincinnatus: George Washington & the Enlightenment (1984)