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Military Response to Shays’ Rebellion

Letter from Henry Knox to Gouverneur Morris

Secretary of War Henry Knox tells Philadelphia lawyer Governeur Morris of the actions of General Sheppard and General Lincoln’s forces as they sought to confront the insurgents during Shays’ Rebellion. “The insurgents were mustering in this neighborhood and had collected 1500, as was conjectured.”