By Kyle F. Zelner
While it lasted simply 16 months, King Philip’s conflict (1675-1676) used to be arguably the most major of the colonial wars that wracked early the US. because the first significant army drawback to at once 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 standard, neighborhood males to struggle. during this exhaustive social heritage and group examine of Essex County, Massachusetts’s military, Kyle F. Zelner boldly demanding situations conventional interpretations of who used to be referred to as to serve in this period.
Drawing on muster and pay lists in addition to numerous old documents, Zelner demonstrates that Essex County’s extra upstanding electorate have been usually spared from impressments, whereas the “rabble” — criminals, drunkards, the negative— have been pressured to hitch energetic combating devices, with city armed forces committees identifying squaddies who will be least neglected should still they die in motion. more suitable via illustrations and maps, A Rabble in Arms indicates that, regardless of heroic illusions of a common army legal responsibility, city fathers, to harmful results, frequently 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