The Sleeping Sentinel
During the Civil War, William Scott from Groton was assigned to guard duty of the Chain Bridge in Washington, DC, but unfortunately ended up falling asleep. Normally an offense punishable by death, officers came to his aid, word got to Abraham Lincoln, and the president pardoned him. He went on to die heroically at the Battle of Lee’s Mills. This created a whole mythology around William Scott, now known as The Sleeping Sentinel, including news stories and an epic poem by Francis de Haes Janvier.