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Caleb Stark

New Hampshire

Caleb Stark was born in Dumbarton, New Hampshire on November 21, 1804 and took up residence in his birthplace. Stark was a lawyer, historian, and member of the New Hampshire State Senate (1818-1819).


Legislative Bill for Small Claims Relief


The Battle of Lundy's Lane

WRITTEN after a moonlight ramble on Drummond's Hill, U.C.,
the scene of that bloody action, fought July 25, 1814,
where New Hampshire valor shone conspiciously.

IN other days you fatal hill,
   Glittered with arms and waved with plumes,
When the sad sunset on their steel,
   Flashed its last splendors; even's glooms
Rang with the bugle's martial breath
That called the brave to deeds of death.

Then the dismal cry of slaughter
   Broke on midnight's slumbering hour;
And the parched ground drank blood like water,
   As beneath the deadly shower
Of musket and artillery
With motto calm yet bold, "I'LL TRY,"
   The bristling ranks move on
Mid deafening thunder, sulphurous flash,
And shouts, and groans, and forests' crash,
Till hark! the sharp, clear bayonet's clash,
   Tells that the work is done.

There deeds of deathless praise proclaim,
How rolled War's tide when RIPLEY's name
   Swelled the wild shout of victory;
And dauntless Miller and McNeil
Led foremost, in the strife of steel,
   The flower of northern chivalry:
While Scott from British brows then tore
The laurels dyed in Gallic gore!

But these terrific scenes are past:
The peasants' slumbers, the wild blast
   Alone shall break them,
And those proud bannered hosts are gone,
where the shrill trumpet's charging tone
   No more may wake them.
Time in his flight has swept away,
Each vestige of the battle fray,
Save that the traveller views around,
The shattered oak—the grass-grown mound
   That shrines a hero's ashes!

Peace the brave! around their stone
Shall Freedom twine her rosy wreath,
And, though with moss of years o'ergrown,
Fame shall applaud their glorious death,
   Long as Niagara dashes!

[Caleb Stark, "The Battle of Lundy's Lane, in Charles James Fox (ed.), The New Hampshire Book. Being Specimens of the Literature of the Granite State 347-48 (Nashua, New Hampshire: H. D. Marshall, 1842)]


Caleb Stark, History of the Town of Dunbarton, Merrimack County, New-Hampshire, from the grant by Mason's assigns, in 1751, to the year 1860 (Concord, New Hampshire: Lyon, 1860) [online text] (Higginson Book Company Pub., 1988)

_________, Memoir and Official Correspondence of Gen. John Stark: With Notices of Several other Officers of the Revolution (Concord, New Hampshire: G.P. Lyon, 1860) [online text] (Boston: Gregg Press, 1972)(George Athan Billias introd.)(1860)(Heritage Books, 1999)


Robert Rogers, Reminiscences of the French war; containing Roger's expeditions with the New-England rangers under his command, as published in London in 1765; with notes and illustrations. To which is added an account of the life and military services of Maj. Gen. John Stark; with notices and anecdotes of other officers distinguished in the French and revolutionary wars (Concord, New Hampshire: H. L. Roby, 1831)

Research Resources

Stark Family Collection Papers
University of New Hampshire
Durham, New Hampshire

Stark Papers
New Hampshire Historical Society
Concord, New Hampshire
[including notebooks of poetry]

Caleb Stark Papers, 1816-1838
Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, Ohio

General John Stark
Caleb Stark's father