The Muster Murder of 1787

During the Boston Muster of 1787, Daniel Foster of Rowley participated in the customary celebration of shooting musket balls into the air, and accidentally shot Amos Chapman of Ipswich in the leg. Chapman died six days later. He and his family are buried in the old Leslie Road  Burial Ground in unmarked graves.

A jury convicted Foster of willful murder, and ordered him to be executed, but Governor John Hancock opposed capital punishment and pardoned Foster. Two years later, the Ipswich court released Daniel Foster without punishment.

Read the story at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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