General William Shepard


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Major-General William Shepard was born in Westfield in 1737 and attended the common schools, and later was a farmer. He served in the French and Indian wars for six years. He was a member of the Committee of Correspondence for Westfield in 1774, and was a lieutenant colonel of Minutemen in April 1775. He entered the Continental Army in May 1775 as Lieutenant Colonel and served throughout the Revolutionary War, including winter at Valley Forge, PA. where he commanded the 4th Division of the Massachusetts militia, under the overall command of General John Glover.

He fought in 22 battles during the war and defended the Springfield arsenal during Shays’ Rebellion in 1787, is among 50 to 60 Revolutionary War veterans buried in the historic Mechanic Street cemetery.

Following the war Shepard became involved in politics and was elected to the state Legislature, four times to the U.S. House of Representatives; he was elected as a Federalist to the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Congresses (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1803) He also served as a member of the Governor’s council of Massachusetts (1792-1796). He returned to Westfield and continued his agricultural pursuits.

This collection highlights Gen. Shepard's military correspondence, orderly book in Glover's army and has a few images of Shepard's home and gives pages from his family bible.

Appointment certificate promoting William Shepard to Colonel in 1779.

October 6, 1776

February 18, 1801

June 16, 1788

June 24, 1788

December 30, 1799

January 6, 1802

June 19, 1788

Appointment Certificate to William Shepard on March 31, 1759 appointing him Second Lieutenant under…

Drawing of General William Shepard's Homestead which stood on the north side of Franklin Street in…