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

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King Philip's War--one of America's first and costliest wars--began in 1675 as an Indian raid on several farms in Plymouth Colony, but quickly escalated into a full-scale war engulfing all of southern New England.

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 ...

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Overview

King Philip's War--one of America's first and costliest wars--began in 1675 as an Indian raid on several farms in Plymouth Colony, but quickly escalated into a full-scale war engulfing all of southern New England.

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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Editorial Reviews

Patrick Malone
“A valuable narrative history and a wonderful guide...this book will appeal to both academic scholars and general readers.”
Booklist
“A riveting narrative style that captures the horror and tragedy of the struggle.”
Floyd Largent
The book is superbly researched, well annotated, and written in a lively, entertaining style. It makes a fine addition to the canon of colonial American history.
American History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881504835
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/17/2000
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 497,171
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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 eleven books about New England, including a historical novel set during King Philip's War titled Until I Have No Country. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Preface XI
Acknowledgments XIII
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 Bridgewater, 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 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 357
Notes 363
Bibliography 396
Index 409
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2001

    Excellent account of underreported history

    One of the difficult aspects of recounting this period in American history is that the indians did not write the account down from their perspective. Much of the reconstruction comes from journals,like that of Benjamin Church. The bibliography in this book clearly shows the sweat that went into this and the pictures and diagrams are excellent. One point to add is that Wampanoag historian Nan Apashamen before he died was working on research and that Alexander may actually have been Philip's father, having used the name Moanam.It was not unusual for indians to have an evolving name that reflected their current status or characteristics and with Alexander this may have been. More research needs to be done as to whether Alexander was murdered, mistreated for illness, or if his death was coincidence, however improbable. This book will make an excellent addition to anyone's library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2001

    Forgotten U.S. history

    This is a must read for perhaps the first major Indian uprising in the U.S.

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