Courtesy Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University, New Haven, CT
In 1787, the Reverend Ezra Stiles (1727-1795) was the President of Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut. A staunch supporter of the American Revolution, Stiles followed with intense interest the growing tension and armed confrontations in nearby Massachusetts. In February, 1787, Stiles drew in his literary diary this annotated map of troop movements of the government militia and the Regulators. It includes the action at the Springfield Arsenal between General Shepard’s militia and the Regulator regiments commanded by Captain Daniel Shays and Captain Eli Parsons, the subsequent pursuit by General Benjamin Lincoln of Shays’ remaining Regulator force at Petersham, and an encounter between armed Regulators and militia at Lee.