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Gazette Account of Shays' Rebellion

Date: January 31, 1787
Publisher: Hampshire Gazette
About this artifact

This article from the Hampshire Gazette offered readers hungry for information an account of the violent encounter between government militia and Regulators at the Springfield Arsenal on January 25, 1787. The Gazette also reported the events of the four days following the action, including communication between General Benjamin Lincoln to Daniel Shays and other "leaders of the insurgents" The publisher of the Gazette was William Butler. He had started the paper on September 6, 1786, in Northampton, Massachusetts, 18 days after the Regulators prevented the Court of Common Pleas from convening there. Butler's newspaper often urged support of the government and opposed the activities of the Regulators. The paper came out on Wednesdays and consisted primarily of articles reprinted from other newspapers.

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Courtesy Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA