By Kyle F. Zelner
While it lasted in simple terms 16 months, King Philip’s conflict (1675-1676) was once arguably probably the most major of the colonial wars that wracked early the United States. because the first significant army drawback to without delay strike one of many Empire’s most crucial possessions: the Massachusetts Bay Colony, King Philip’s conflict marked the 1st time that Massachusetts needed to mobilize mass numbers of standard, neighborhood males to struggle. during this exhaustive social heritage and group research of Essex County, Massachusetts’s military, Kyle F. Zelner boldly demanding situations conventional interpretations of who was once known as to serve in this period.
Drawing on muster and pay lists in addition to numerous historic documents, Zelner demonstrates that Essex County’s extra upstanding voters have been usually spared from impressments, whereas the “rabble” — criminals, drunkards, the negative— have been compelled to affix lively battling devices, with city armed forces committees settling on infantrymen who will be least ignored may still they die in motion. more suitable by means of illustrations and maps, A Rabble in Arms indicates that, regardless of heroic illusions of a common army legal responsibility, city fathers, to harmful results, usually positioned 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