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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Shays, Daniel 1747-1825 (search)
s 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 districts west of the Connecticut River, where the insurgents were numerous. Their power was speedily broken. A free pardon was finally offered to all persons who had engaged in the insurrection. Several of the leaders were tried and sentenced to death, but none were executed; for it was perceived that the great mass of the people sympathized with them. So ended what is known in history as Shays's Rebe
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Willard, Solomon 1783-1862 (search)
Willard, Solomon 1783-1862 Architect; born in Petersham, Mass., June 26, 1783; removed to Boston in 1804, and there became a skilled wood-carver. In 1815 he turned his attention to carving in stone and was engaged to ornament many of the public buildings in Boston; was selected as architect and superintendent of the Bunker Hill Monument, Nov. 2, 1825. He completed this work July 23, 1842, and in the following year, on the anniversary of the battle, a celebration was held in which the President of the United States and his cabinet and citizens from all parts of the country participated. He introduced the first granite paving-stones ever used in Boston, and proved the value of granite as a building material. He died in Quincy, Mass., Feb. 27, 1862.