. ter (Dec. 5) and prevented a session of the Supreme Court in that town.
He repeated this act at Springfield (Dec. 25).
The insurrection soon became so formidable that Governor Bowdoin was compelled to call out several thousand militia, under General Lincoln, to suppress it. They assembled at Boston (Jan. 17, 1787) in the depth of winter, and marched for Worcester and Springfield.
Two other bodies of insurgents were then in the field under the respective commands of Luke Day and Eli Parsons.
United, they numbered about 2,000.
Shays demanded the surrender (Jan. 25) of the arsenal at Springfield, and approached to take it. Colonel Shepherd, in command there, first fired cannon over their heads.
When the pieces were pointed at the insurgents, they cried Murder!
and fled in confusion.
Upon Lincoln's approach (Jan. 27) the insurgents retreated.
Finally, he captured 150 of them at Petersham; the rest were dispersed and fled into New Hampshire.
Lincoln then marched into the