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Cotton, Thomas (fl. 1777) re: invoking 7th Clause of Militia Act by ordering minutemen to equip themselves

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07565 Author/Creator: Cotton, Thomas (fl. 1777) Place Written: Plymouth Type: Manuscript Date: 1777/02/15 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "A good fire arm . . . and a bayonet fitted to his gun . . ."


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Militia, Military History, Revolutionary War, Weaponry

Sub Era: The War for Independence