By Kyle F. Zelner
While it lasted merely 16 months, King Philip’s struggle (1675-1676) used to be arguably the most major of the colonial wars that wracked early the USA. because the first significant army difficulty to without delay strike one of many Empire’s most vital possessions: the Massachusetts Bay Colony, King Philip’s warfare marked the 1st time that Massachusetts needed to mobilize mass numbers of normal, neighborhood males to struggle. during this exhaustive social historical past and group research of Essex County, Massachusetts’s armed forces, Kyle F. Zelner boldly demanding situations conventional interpretations of who used to be known as to serve in this period.
Drawing on muster and pay lists in addition to numerous historic files, Zelner demonstrates that Essex County’s extra upstanding electorate have been frequently spared from impressments, whereas the “rabble” — criminals, drunkards, the bad— have been compelled to affix lively scuffling with devices, with city defense force committees making a choice on infantrymen who will be least ignored should still they die in motion. better through illustrations and maps, A Rabble in Arms exhibits that, regardless of heroic illusions of a common army legal responsibility, city fathers, to destructive results, frequently put neighborhood and private pursuits above colonial army concerns.
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A Rabble in Arms: Massachusetts Towns and Militiamen during King Philip’s War (Warfare and Culture) by Kyle F. Zelner