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Petersham Monument

Date: 1927
About this artifact

For 200 years, the Massachusetts Regulation was referred to as "Shays' Rebellion." The inscription on this monument erected in 1927 in Petersham, Massachusetts, is typical of this traditional, pro-government interpretation. It celebrates the rout of the Regulators under Captain Daniel Shays at Peterhams on February 4, 1787 by government militia under the command of General Benjamin Lincoln, and describes this event using phrases such as "rebellion against the commonwealth" and "victory for the forces of government."

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Courtesy Petersham Historical Society, Petersham, MA