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Petersham Monument

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In this town on Sunday morning, February fourth, 1787, Daniel Shays and 150 of his followers, in rebellion against the commonwealth, were surprised and routed by GENERAL BENJAMIN LINCOLN in command of the Army of Massachusetts, after a night march from Hadley of thirty miles through snow in cold below zero.

"This victory for the forces of government influenced the Philadelphia Convention which three months later met and formed the Constitution of the United States.

"Obedience to law is true liberty."