rung in the ears of the farmers, and from every cellar,
and barn yard, and field throughout Worcester
and even Berkshire
, such articles of food as could be spared were devoted to the camp, and everybody's wagons were used to forward them.
But for this the forces must have dispersed; how it was done, cannot exactly be told; popular enthusiasm keeps little record of its sacrifices; only it was done, and though great waste prevailed, the troops of Massachusetts
, and for a long time also those of New Hampshire
, were fed by the unselfish care of the people, without so much as a barrel of flour from the continental congress.
It was time for ‘the confederated colonies’ to interpose.