Why did John Holbrook enlist in the militia in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

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John Holbrook enlisted in the militia because many men from the Connecticut colony were coming down with diseases and getting hurt in a battle with the Indians. This is an important transitional point for John and Judith. When he leaves, she begins to realize how well they were beginning to...

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John Holbrook enlisted in the militia because many men from the Connecticut colony were coming down with diseases and getting hurt in a battle with the Indians. This is an important transitional point for John and Judith. When he leaves, she begins to realize how well they were beginning to get along.

John had learned quite a bit about caring for the human body in his university level studies. He did not really have much of a choice, he was coerced by the pastor of the town to go and take care of the men in the field. Additionally, Governor Andros made he feel obliged to go and serve.

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