LOCATION: Holten Richmond Middle School
55 Conant Street Danvers Massachusetts

 

Spencer Hobbs Memorial

 

Spencer Hobbs Memorial Marker

**Spanish-American memorial to 21-year-old bugler Spencer S. Hobbs (1876-1898) stands at the flag pole in front of what was built as the Junior High School on Conant Street, now renovated as our Middle School. Young Hobbs was a Danvers native and a piano tuner who volunteered to serve with Danvers’s Company K Militia. While at a staging camp in Georgia, Hobbs contracted typhoid fever and died in service. His body was transported back to Danvers, where a military funeral was conducted. Hobbs was laid to rest in Walnut Grove Cemetery after the firing of three volleys and the playing of “Taps,” a bugle call Hobbs himself had often sounded during his service.

In 1930 Danvers Town Meeting appropriated money for a memorial of concrete and granite dust with an attached bronze tablet. The tablet reads:

TO THE MEMORY OF
SPENCER HOBBS
BUGLER COMPANY K
EIGHT REGIMENT MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY
UNITED STATES VOLUNTEERS
WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR AT
CHICKAMAUGA PARK GEORGIA
AUGUST 19TH, 1898
AN IDEAL SOLDIER – A REAL PATRIOT
NEVER FALTERING IN HIS DUTY TO HIS COUNTRY
THIS TABLET DEDICATED BY THE CITIZENS OF
DANVERS SEPTEMBER 7TH, 1930

**An excerpt from "Memorial Day In Danvers: By Richard B. Trask

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