Joseph Dow's History of Hampton: DEFENSE OF PORTSMOUTH
DEFENSE OF PORTSMOUTH
A week later this town voted "to pay all those men that went to Ipswich or Portsmouth in the time of the alarms, that have not been paid." To what particular occasion allusion is here made, on which men "went to Ipwich," is uncertain, but it was probably that already mentioned, when soldiers having gone thus far on their way to Boston, had been ordered to return.
At the same meeting, the selectmen were instructed to build a Guard House at the sea shore, "and to do it in the cheapest manner possible." A guard house was accordingly built -- or an old one removed and repaired -- and placed on the bank a little to the eastward of the site now occupied by the Rockingham House [on Great Boar's Head], where it remained till near the close of the war. The cost, £5 14s. 2d. was paid by the Committee of Safety.