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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: This commission of 1793 appoints Deerfield resident Epaphras Hoyt (1765-1850) to 2nd lieutenant of a Troop of Cavalry. Epaphras Hoyt was a major contributor to town government in Deerfield and had a lifelong interest in military science. He served as postman, justice of the peace, register of deeds for Franklin County, among other offices. He became a major general in the Massachusetts militia.