23 August 2012

Regulators Defeated

Shay’s Rebellion and the Constitution by Mary Hull, 2000, Excerpts

On January 30, 1787, General Lincoln sent a letter to Daniel Shays, asking for his surrender. Shays and his men did not want to surrender unless they were guaranteed a pardon from the state. Lincoln marched the army 30 miles in deep snowdrifts and surprised the Regulators. Shays and his men fled in all directions. Having broken up Shay’s ranks, General Lincoln and his men marched back to western Massachusetts to eliminate any remaining bands of rebels there.

By March 1787, most of the Regulators had fled Massachusetts. As many as two thousand went to Vermont and New York. Captain Daniel Shays, along with many other Regulator leaders sought refuge in Vermont.

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