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By Kyle F. Zelner

While it lasted basically 16 months, King Philip’s struggle (1675-1676) used to be arguably essentially the most major of the colonial wars that wracked early the USA. because the first significant army predicament to without delay strike one of many Empire’s most crucial possessions: the Massachusetts Bay Colony, King Philip’s struggle marked the 1st time that Massachusetts needed to mobilize mass numbers of normal, neighborhood males to struggle. during this exhaustive social historical past and neighborhood learn 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 ancient files, Zelner demonstrates that Essex County’s extra upstanding electorate have been usually spared from impressments, whereas the “rabble” — criminals, drunkards, the negative— have been compelled to affix energetic scuffling with devices, with city armed forces committees opting for infantrymen who will be least overlooked should still they die in motion. stronger through illustrations and maps, A Rabble in Arms exhibits that, regardless of heroic illusions of a common army legal responsibility, city fathers, to harmful results, usually put neighborhood and private pursuits above colonial army concerns.

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