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Muster and Call to Arms--Uxbridge

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 9:00am

On September 6, 2014 Uxbridge will hold a muster and call to arms on the Town common to commemorate Uxbridge's participation in the march to Worcester, which marked the start of the American Revolution, on that date in 1774. Uxbridge deployed 156 militiamen to join some 4,500 others from the towns in Worcester County.  This was not some ill-defined mob but the military embodiment of anti-British sentiment that had flared as a result of heavy-handed British policies. With great flare, they lined both sides of Main Street for a quarter mile and forced two dozen court officials to walk the gauntlet, hats in hand, reciting their recantations more than thirty times each so everyone could hear. The wording was strong: the officials would cede to the will of the people and promise never to execute "the unconstitutional act of the British parliament" (the Massachusetts Government Act) that would "reduce the inhabitants … to mere arbitrary power." With this humiliating submission, all British authority vanished from Worcester County, never to return. The commemoration will continue in Worcester on September 7th with day-long activities including a re-enactment of the King’s officials walking the gauntlet. The event begins at 9:00 a.m.