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All able-bodied men between the ages of sixteen and sixty were required to serve in a militia, and most towns held an annual "Training Day" in the fall and early spring. Although the American Revolution ended in 1783, hard times and armed revolt in Massachusetts in 1786-87 kept local leaders alert for more trouble. Sergeant David Sexton ordered Consider Dickinson to report to duty at one o'clock on July 18, 1788, with a working gun, ramrod, bayonet, and cartridge box.