At the public library walk across a narrow, stone bridge over a lively tributary of the Connecticut River. The bridge is lined on both sides with stone markers. Carved into their surfaces were the names and death dates of some of Milford’s earliest citizens.“Richard Miles Obit 1667 Katherine His Wife,” read the inscription on one. “Zachariah Whitman Obit 1668 Sarah Biscoe His Wife,” read another. And somewhat mysteriously, “God Sifted A Whole Nation.” In 1777, the British had put 200 American soldiers ashore in Milford after they had become ill with smallpox while on a prison ship. Milford resident, Captain Stephen Stowe, took the sick men into his home and cared for them. Forty-five of them and Stowe, himself, ultimately died of the disease. The men and their benefactor were buried in a mass grave in Milford.