A reminder of why we can celebrate our independence

Grave marker for Capt. Walter Worden, who served in the War for Independence and in the War of 1812.

Grave marker for Capt. Walter Worden, who served in the War for Independence and in the War of 1812.

My regular running route takes me within a few yards of the final resting place of a local soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

This weekend, as we celebrate our nation’s independence, it seems appropriate to recognize his sacrifice and that of the hundreds of thousands of others to whom we owe our freedom.

The marker in Fayetteville Cemetery reads,

“Capt. Walter Worden

Served thro. the Revolution

volunteered war 1812

Fought at Chippewa & Lundy’s Lane

Died near Batavia

Sept. 20, 1814”

According to ancestry.com, Capt. Walter Worden was born in 1757 in Connecticut and served in the Continental Army. He appears to have served in Vermont and Connecticut, later settling in Central New York about 1803.

According to ancestry.com, he and his wife, Lucretia Hicks, had 10 children — one of whom, Jesse, also served in the War of 1812 (which officially didn’t end until early 1815). Capt. Worden “died of fever near Buffalo, September 20, 1814, while on service in the war of 1812. He raised a company for the army, of which he was captain; they marched on foot to the Niagara frontier.”

The two battles cited on his grave marker were significant. The Battle of Chippewa (sometimes spelled Chippawa) took place July 5, 1814; it was regarded as a victory for the Americans, but the momentum against the British in Canada didn’t last.

Three weeks later, the battle of Lundy’s Lane, near Niagara Falls, was one of the bloodiest fights of the war and marked the end of the Americans’ push into Canada. (Capt. Worden died less than two months later). The battlefield is now a national historic site in Ontario.


About Jim McKeever

Writer, father, runner, advocate based in Central New York.
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9 Responses to A reminder of why we can celebrate our independence

  1. reocochran says:

    Jim, my parents took us to a lot of places with Memorial markers or monuments. It is definitely an important lesson to teach children and teens, so they may respect the long, arduous journey made here and other places in the: “Name of Freedom.”


  2. chmjr2 says:

    I think the Adams Family said it best over 200 years ago.

    “Be it remembered that liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we have
    not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”

    John Adams

    “Posterity who are to reap the blessings will scarcely be able to conceive the hardships and
    sufferings of their ancestors”
    Abigail Adams


  3. I’m currently reading a book called Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence, with my next in line reading Washington. The timing was not planned, but it does give me a lot of food for thought … as does your post.


  4. I love the markers along our history routes Jim. Thanks for sharing this one.

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