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A rabble in arms : Massachusetts towns and militiamen during King Philip's War

Author: Kyle F Zelner
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2009.
Series: Warfare and culture series.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"While it lasted only sixteen months, King Philip's War (1675-1676) was arguable one of the most significant of the colonial wars that wracked early America. As the first major military crisis to directly strike one of the British Empire's most important possessions, the Massachusetts Bay Colony, King Philip's War marked the first time that Massachusetts had to mobilize mass numbers of ordinary men to fight. In this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kyle F Zelner
ISBN: 9780814797181 0814797180 9780814797228 0814797229
OCLC Number: 265739453
Description: xv, 325 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. "For the best ordering of the militia": English military precedent and the early Massachusetts Bay Militia --
2. The Massachusetts Bay Militia and the practice of impressment during King Philip's War --
3. Many men, many choices: Impressment in Essex County's thriving towns --
4. Few men, few options: Impressment in Essex County's small towns --
5. The pressed men of Essex County: The social identity of the soldiers of King Philip's War --
6. The effects of impressment: War and peace in Essex County --
Afterword: The military of Massachusetts Bay transformed --
Appendix 1. The soldiers of Essex County in King Philip's War, 1675-1676 --
Appendix 2. Rowley's 1662 Tax List: Ranked by family with soldiers' families highlighted --
Appendix 3. Topsfield's 1668 Tax List: Ranked by family with soldiers' families highlighted --
Appendix 4. An examination of the age of Essex County soldiers and officers in King Philip's War, 1675-1676.
Series Title: Warfare and culture series.
Responsibility: Kyle F. Zelner.

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While it lasted only sixteen months, King Philip's War (1675-1676) was arguably one of the most significant of the colonial wars that wracked early America. This book challenges the traditional  Read more...

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