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Gen. Shepard Memorial Monument, Westfield, Mass.

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This statue of Westfield's favorite son General William Shepard stands in a small triangular park, just south of the Green. It was designed by Augustus Lukeman, a student of Daniel Chester French. The monument was dedicated on September 3, 1919 during the town's 250th anniversary celebration. At the dedication, Arthur S. Kneil said, "It is placed . . . where he gathered and drilled his minutemen and whence he led them out to Dorchester Heights and the great Revolution." After the Revolution, After the war, Colonel Shepard received a commission as a major general in the Massachusetts state militia. He was the commander of the government militia that took control of the Springfield Arsenal in January, 1787 and defended it from the Regulators in what has become known as Shays' Rebellion.


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