1787Shays’ Rebellion occurred.Events & Anniversaries, Government and Public Service, State Events, Military

Gloucester City Archives, CC87, Box 31, FF 3
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Minutes of Town Meeting, January 15, 1787. Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Gloucester, 1800, p. 303.

After the war, there was economic hardship throughout Massachusetts. Shay’s Rebellion, which began in August of 1786 and was centered around Springfield, was an armed uprising against the state government, and in particular, its increased taxation. In January, after Governor Bowdoin proposed a militia to put down the insurrection, Gloucester voted to raise a company, which was sent to the front under the command of Captain John Rowe. The rebellion was defeated, and the troops were disbanded six weeks later.

Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Vol. 3, 1800, http://archive.org/details/townrecords17531800 Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed. History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Vol. II. Philadelphia, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888. http://archive.org/details/historyofessexco02hurd
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