King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflictby Eric B. Schultz
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/p>
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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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.
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I applaud the authors for hightlighting the fact that in return for their native generosity, the Governor of Massachusetts imprisoned and poisoned Wamsutta, brother to or possibly father of,Metacom(Philip).Nan Apashamen, Wampanoag historian for Plymouth Plantation,was working on research that indicated Wamsutta might also have been known as Moanam, father to Philip, as indian names changed with the progression of native lifestyles. As a young man, a medium told me i was Massasoit's eldest son,Wamsutta, that i had been great help to the settlers and teaching them how to survive that first winter and how the white man i had been serving killed me,specifically poisoning me as the son to Massasoit. Because i had been unjustly murdered, i was allowed to walk-in to the body of a despondent Johannes Scheffler, who became a famous mystical poet following a spiritual epiphany which my native american culture instilled in his middle age cultural perspective. Scheffler became the author Angelus Silesius, who lived a cloistered life and used his unexplained personal fortune among other things to provide care for orphaned children during the Hundred's Year war in Silesia, which was annexed by Poland following WWII.Silesius is responsible for many many enduring Protestant hymns.
This is a must read for perhaps the first major Indian uprising in the U.S.
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!