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Joseph Stebbins (1749-1816) was the Captain of a company of Deerfield, Massachusettsmilitia when war broke out between England and her North American colonies in 1775. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1786 and to full colonel in 1787 for his support. Stebbins was seen as a town hero. When George Sheldon of Deerfield wrote a brief history of the American Revolution in 1916, he focused on Joseph Stebbins' service and bravery.