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Chapter 2, Part 4 

On the 19th, the Indians in great force fell upon the town, but were soon "beaten off without doing much harm." Just before the fight seven of Mosely's men and three others were sent out to scout, and seven of the number were cut off and killed. The Indians made no further general attack after this repulse, and withdrew to winter quarters. Capt. Mosely's forces, however, still remained in the western towns with other troops, under Major Appleton, until as late as November 20th; for, on the 16th, the Court authorized a letter to Appleton directing the withdrawal of the main force, and urging especially the dismissal of the troops of Capt. Mosely. The United Colonies were now in full preparation for the grand movement against the Narragansets; and the "Privateers" with their dashing leaders were needed. The western and outlying towns were garrisoned as securely as might be, and all available "veterans" hurried in to swell the army of the three colonies to 1000 men, for this special service to Narraganset. Much of great interest in the organization of this army must be passed over here.

The quota of Massachusetts was to be 527 men, Plymouth 158, and Connecticut 325. Rhode Island was not "counted in," for reasons best known to our dear old Puritan fathers. Josiah Winslow, Esq., Governor of Plymouth Colony, was made Commander-in-chief of the army, and under him Major Samuel Appleton commanded the Massachusetts forces, consisting of six companies, viz.: Maj. Appleton's own, Capt. Mosely's, Capt. Joseph Gardner's, Capt. Nathaniel Davenport's, Capt. James Oliver's, and a troop under Capt. Thomas Prentice. Major Robert Treat commanded the Connecticut forces, five companies under Capts. Siely, Gallop, Mason, Wats; and Major William Bradford two Plymouth companies, his own and Capt. John Gorham's. The Massachusetts forces mustered on Dedham Plain, where, on Dec. 9, Gen. Winslow assumed command. There were then "465 fighting men," besides Capt. Prentice's troop. 

It seems, from the Journal, that no settlement had been made with Mosely's and Appleton's troops for the campaign in the west, and on December 10th, twenty-seven pages of the book are entirely devoted to their accounts, and few, if any, other items are given under that date save such as relate to them. The captains had paid out small sums at different times, and the towns of "Hadly," "Malbrow," "Mendam," "Lining" (Lynn), and many constables, merchants and others, are credited by cash, clothing, etc., to these troops; and on that date Treasurer Hull pays them the balance of their accounts. Among the few precious lists of names preserved in the Massachusetts Archives is the "Muster Roll of Capt. Mosely's company, taken at Dedham the 9 of Xber, 1675." I have arranged this list and the credits of December 10-20 and January, alphabetically, and tested them carefully otherwise, and find that the greater part of his company were his "veterans." The following account may be of interest.

The town of Dunstable, per Constable Jona. Tyng, brings in a bill of about ś100 for billeting Mosely's men, ammunition, etc.

Billeting 18 men from 13th August to 10th Sept. 1675 ś16 16 00
Billeting  29 men from 11th Sept. " 17th January 1675-6 47 18 00
Billeting  6 men from 18 Jan'y " 25 may 1676 25 03 00
Billeting 3 men from 3 may " 14 July " 08 08 00
25 Ibs Powder and 250 bullets, &c. 01 15 00
2 horses 3 days to Pennacook 00 01 06

 An Auditing Committee questioned the bill, but he was paid $20 on account, October 11, 1676. (Archives, vol. 68.)

Credited with Military Service under Capt Mosely

December 10th 1675

John Rice.

04

16

00

William Blake.1

04

16

00

Jonathan Freeman

04

16

00

Samuel Guild

04

16

00

John Buckman

04

19

02

Richard Brine

04

19

02

John Cooper

04

19

04

Thomas Bull

04

19

04

John Roberts

04

19

04

Edward Weston

05

16

00

Perez Savage, Lieut.

12

00

00

John Ireson

04

16

00

John Brandon

02

14

00

John Fuller, Corpl

05

12

00

Benjamin Dyer

04

19

04

James Johnson, Sergt

04

11

00

Zachariah Crisp

04

00

00

Peter Lane

04

19

04

John Turner

04

16

00

Richard Rust

04

16

00

John Leech

04

19

04

Jonathan Nichols

03

10

02

John Plympton

04

16

00

Thos Region

04

12

06

John Cross

02

02

00

Thomas Green

04

19

04

Thomas Harris

05

02

00

James Dickenden

04

04

00

Richard Scott.

06

10

00

William Bateman

01

07

06

Richard Adams

04

16

00

Thomas Warren

06

11

02

John Ramsey

04

19

04

John Stebins

02

10

06

Jonathan Wales

04

19

04

Timothy Wales.

04

19

04

Jeremiah Stokes.

02

14

00

Joseph Twichell.

04

19

04

Samuel Veale

04

19

04

Andrew Johnson

04

19

04

Mathew Thomas

05

02

00

Francis Siddall

04

19

04

John Dunbar

04

16

00

Edward Weeden

04

19

04

Samuel Kemble

04

19

00

Timothy Hortman

02

16

04

John Corser

04

19

02

Daniel Magenis, Corpl

05

10

00

James Updike, Sergt

04

09

04

Daniel Matthews

07

09

00

Mathias Smith

04

16

00

John Williston

04

16

00

John Sherman

04

13

60

William Phillips

04

19

02

James Franklin

05

04

06

Bartholomew Flegge

04

19

04

Benjamin Allen

02

08

00

John Cantelberry

04

16

00

Hugh Collohue2

04

19

04

Jacob Willar

13

11

00

Valentine Harris.

02

14

00

James Mathews.

01

18

06

1 Variations not noted above are, Blacke (Wm Blake, jr. for whose release his father, Wm Senr, petitions the Court), Brien, Wesson, Ayrson (for Ireson), Dayer, Leane, Russ, Leigh,Plimton, Dichetto, Stebence, Weals, Stokes, Cousier, McKennyes, Willingston, Canterberry, and other minor changes.

2 August, 1676. George Nowell petitions for the release of his servant "Hugh Galloway that went as a Volunteer under Mosely neere the beginning of ye warre, and is now in ye garrison at Hatfield under Capt. Sweane."

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