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 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.