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  •  Should that history ever be written (3+ / 0-)
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    it might include an account of Shay's Rebellion for insight into the thinking of the founders regarding an "well armed and well regulated militia."

    Plan to seize the Springfield Armory

    On November 28 a posse of some 300 men rode to Groton to arrest Job Shattuck and other protest leaders in the area. Shattuck was chased down and arrested on the 30th, and was wounded by a sword slash in the process.[18] This action and the arrest of other protest leaders in the eastern parts of the state radicalized those in the west, and they began to organize an overthrow of the state government. "The seeds of war are now sown", wrote one correspondent in Shrewsbury,[19] and by mid-January rebel leaders spoke of smashing the "tyrannical government of Massachusetts."[20]

    While government forces organized in the east, Shays, Day, and other rebel leaders in the west organized their forces, establishing regional regimental organizations that were run by democratically elected committees. Their first major target was the federal armory in Springfield.[21] General Shepard had however, pursuant to orders from Governor Bowdoin, taken possession of the armory and used its arsenal to arm a force of some 1,200 militia.

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 12:05:50 AM PST

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