an was ordered into the army, either for home defence or in New York.
Men were suffering from camp distemper at Ticonderoga; Forts Washington and Lee had been evacuated; the time of many of the troops had expired.
The outlook was dark.
December 3 the voters met at the meeting-house to draft men and raise money.
Washington's victory at Trenton revived the courage of the people, and his call for enlistments, for three years or the war, was nobly responded to. A town-meeting was called March 3, 1777, in Medford, to consider means for raising her quota.
The people were beginning to feel the stress of poverty, and many were clamoring for payment of money loaned to the town.
The Selectmen were instructed to procure the men at as low bounty as may be.
Moses and William Bucknam enlisted on the day of the meeting; five or six had enlisted in the artillery during the preceding month.
In July, 1777, Medford had forty-four men in the army for three years or the war.
The summer passed