Sir you are hereby Notifyd & warnd to apear on the
Parade near the meeting house on Friday the 18th day of
July next at one of the Clock in ye afternoon
Armd & equipped with a good firearm with a steel or Iron ramrod
spring to retain the same a bayonet fitted to the sd fire arm
& a Cartridge Box that will hold fifteen Cartridges at least
Deerfield July 15th 1788
per order of the Clerk
To Consider Dickinson
David Sexton Serg
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All able-bodied men between the ages of sixteen and sixty were eligible for militia duty, and most towns held an annual "Training Day" in the fall and early spring. Although the American Revolution ended in 1783, economic hardship and armed revolt in Massachusetts in 1786-87 kept local authorities alert for more trouble. Sergeant David Sexton ordered Consider Dickinson to muster at one o'clock on July 18, 1788, with a working gun, ramrod, bayonet and cartridge box.