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Multiple articles from The New-Haven Gazette and The Connecticut Magazine newspaper regarding Shays' Rebellion
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The actions in January, 1787, at the Springfield Arsenal, caused concern in states other than Massachusetts. This newspaper from New Haven, Connecticut, reports that Daniel Shays and 1000 of his followers were in Columbia County, New York, and that General Lincoln asked permission from that Governor to enter the state in pursuit. Regulators were staying in New Lebanon, New York and traveled over the border to Stockbridge, where they attacked and looted the town, taking thirty-two prisoners, but Shays was not one of them. The letters from Benjamin Lincoln refer to the skirmish on February 27, 1787, in the town of Sheffield, Massachusetts. Government supporter Colonel John Ashley had assembled a company of eighty men from Great Barrington and Sheffield and proceeded to the western border of Sheffield. There the company met Captain Perez Hamlin and his men who had ransacked Stockbridge. A deadly battle ensued. In just six minutes, two regulators, one prisoner and one of Ashley's men were killed, and thirty regulators were wounded including one man who later died. With help from reinforcements from Lenox, Ashley took one hundred fifty prisoners. Lincoln states in his letter to the governor that he had received information that Daniel Shays and some of his supporters had been seen in Vermont, which was true.
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