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A Rabble in ArmsMassachusetts Towns and Militiamen during King Philip's War$
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Kyle F. Zelner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814797181

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814797181.001.0001

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The Effects of Impressment

The Effects of Impressment

War and Peace in Essex County

(p.181) 6 The Effects of Impressment
A Rabble in Arms

Kyle F. Zelner

NYU Press

This concluding chapter offers a narrative of the war that these men fought, with special attention paid not only to the campaigns of the “Essex companies” but also to how the war touched the towns of Essex County. After all, combat was ultimately what these men were being chosen or impressed to do. It is also important to note these soldiers' active-duty experiences because the militia committees kept a close watch on the war news and sometimes adjusted their impressment decisions based on that knowledge, as Marblehead's committee did after the Bloody Brook ambush. The chapter ends with a look at how the men fared after the war, including a detailed consideration of those killed and wounded, a brief sketch of what happened to the veterans who came home, and what effect the war had on their place in society, especially in regard to their ability to marry.

Keywords:   Essex companies, impressment decisions, war narratives, veterans, soldiers, active-duty, war news

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