Getting drafted—1777 style

8/14/1777

On August 14, 1777, two years into the Revolutionary War, the militia captain in Deerfield, Massachusetts, sent this notice to John Newton drafting him for just over 14 months. After volunteers failed to fill the state’s quota of regiments in the Continental Army, the Massachusetts legislature authorized a draft. At that time, draftees were permitted to hire a substitute to serve in their place.

National Archives, Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs


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