King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict

King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict

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The harrowing story of one of America's first and costliest wars—featuring a new foreword by bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick

At once an in-depth history of this pivotal war and a guide to the historical sites where the ambushes, raids, and battles took place, King Philip's War expands our understanding of American history and provides insight into the nature of colonial and ethnic wars in general. Through a careful reconstruction of events, first-person accounts, period illustrations, and maps, and by providing information on the exact locations of more than fifty battles, King Philip's War is useful as well as informative. Students of history, colonial war buffs, those interested in Native American history, and anyone who is curious about how this war affected a particular New England town, will find important insights into one of the most seminal events to shape the American mind and continent.

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ISBN-13: 9781581574890
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 500,265
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Educated at Brown and Harvard, Eric B. Schultz is the chairman of an information logistics company. Over the last decade, reconstructing the history of King Philip's War has taken him to sites, historical societies, and book archives all across New England. He lives in Massachusetts.

Michael J. Tougias is the author of numerous books including The Finest Hours, which was recently adapted into a feature film starring Chris Pine. He lives in Massachusetts.

Nathaniel Philbrick is the New York Times bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea, Mayflower,and Valiant Ambition. He lives in Nantucket.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Foreword xvi

Introduction 1

Part I A Brief History of King Philip's War

Chapter 1 New England before the War 11

Map of Major Tribes of New England at the Time of King Philip's War 13

The Quest for Land 17

Events Leading to King Philip's War 22

Who Was King Philip? 31

Chapter 2 The Outbreak of War in Southeastern New England 37

Map of Outbreak of War and Metacom's Escape from Mount Hope 38

The War Spreads to the Connecticut River Valley and Maine 46

War with the Narrangansett 52

Winter 1676: The Algonquian Victories 54

Chapter 3 Spring 1676: The Tide Turns 59

The Closing Campaign in Southeastern Massachusetts 64

Close of the Eastern War 70

Some Notes on the War's Aftermath 73

Map of Major Battles of King Philip's War 82

Part II The Sites

Chapter 4 King Philip's War in Southeastern Massachusetts 85

Alexander's Capture, Halifax, Massachusetts 85

The Winslow Home, Marshfield, Massachusetts 87

Treaty at Taunton, Massachusetts 88

The Death of John Sassamon, Lakeville, Massachusetts 96

Attack on Swansea, Massachusetts 98

Boston, Massachusetts, during King Philip's War 104

Woodcock's Garrison, North Attleboro, Massachusetts 109

Attack on Middleboro, Massachusetts 111

Attack on Old Dartmouth, Massachusetts 115

The Pocasset Swamp Fight, Tiverton, Rhode Island, and Fall River, Massachusetts 120

Raid on Clark's Garrison, Plymouth, Massachusetts 124

Attack on Bridgewarer, Massachusetts 126

Weetamoe's Drowning, Swansea, Massachusetts 129

Anawan's Capture, Rehoboth, Massachusetts 131

Chapter 5 King Philip's War in Central and Western Massachusetts 143

Nipmuc Camps: Wachusett, Menameset, Quabang Old Fort, Wekabang 143

Attack on Mendon, Massachusetts 146

Wheeler's Surprise, New Braintree, Massachusetts 147

Map of Wheeler's Surprise and the Brookfield Siege 148

Siege of Brookfield, West Brookfield, Massachusetts 155

Battle of South Deerfield, Whately, Massachusetts 161

Beers' Ambush, Northfield, Massachusetts 163

Map of Beers' Ambush 164

Bloody Brook, South Deerfield, Massachusetts 169

Map of the Battle of Bloody Brook 171

Attack on Springfield, Massachusetts 176

Attack on Hatfield, Massachusetts 180

Mohawk Ambush of Philip, Schaghticoke, New York 183

Raid on Eames Garrison, Framingham, Massachusetts 185

Attack on Lancaster, Massachusetts 185

Map of the Attack on Lancaster 186

Attack on Medfield, Massachusetts 194

Attack on Groton, Massachusetts 200

Attack on Northampton, Massachusetts 203

Attack on Marlboro, Massachusetts 206

The Sudbury Fight, Sudbury, Massachusetts 210

Map of the Sudbury Fight 212

Battle of Turner's Falls, Montague, Massachusetts 220

Map of the Battle of Turner's Falls 221

The Attack on Hadley, Massachusetts, and the "Angel of God" 226

The Talcott Massacre, Great Barrington, Massachusetts 232

Chapter 6 King Philip's War in Rhode Island and Connecticut 235

Pokanoket Homeland, Warren and Bristol, Rhode Island 235

The Battle of Almy's Pease Field, Tiverton, Rhode Island 238

Nipsachuck Swamp Fight, Smithfield, Rhode Island 241

The Great Swamp Fight, South Kingstown, Rhode Island 244

Map of the Great Swamp Fight 245

Destruction of Simsbury, Connecticut 274

Pierce's Fight, Central Falls, Rhode Island 276

Map of Pierce's Fight 278

Attack on Providence, Rhode Island 282

Attack on Old Rehoboth, East Providence, Rhode Island 284

Canonchet's Capture, Cumberland, Rhode Island 286

Philip's Death, Bristol, Rhode Island 287

Benjamin Church's Little Compton, Rhode Island 296

Chapter 7 King Philip's War in Maine and New Hampshire 303

Abenaki Assaults in Maine 303

Attack on Clarke and Lake Trading Post, Arrowsic, Maine 309

Destruction of Indian Fort, Ossipee, New Hampshire 312

Events at Black Point, Scarborough, Maine 313

Part III The Diaries and Eyewitness Accounts

Chapter 8 The Diary of Captain Benjamin Church 319

Chapter 9 Excerpts from the Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson 341

Map of Mary Rowlandson's Westward Removes 343

Chapter 10 Captain Thomas Wheeler's Narrative 355

Notes 361

Bibliography 394

Index 407

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