Skip to comments.Digs in Conn. neighborhood find artifacts of 1637 battle
Posted on 07/13/2010 11:17:16 AM PDT by Pharmboy
MYSTIC, Conn. - Artifacts of a battle between an American Indian tribe and English settlers, a confrontation that helped shape early American history, have sat for years beneath manicured lawns and children's swing sets in a Connecticut neighborhood.
A project to map the battlefields of the Pequot War is bringing those musket balls, gunflints and arrowheads into the sunlight for the first time in centuries. It's also giving researchers insight into the combatants and the land on which they fought, particularly the Mystic hilltop where at least 400 Pequot Indians died in a 1637 massacre by English settlers.
Historians say the attack was a turning point in English warfare with native tribes. It nearly wiped out the powerful Pequots and showed other tribes that the colonists wouldn't hesitate to use methods that some consider genocide. snip..
The researchers have already found remnants of English metal uniform buttons, bandoliers and other items that might help mark where settlers marched, camped before the attack and retreated afterward. The artifacts are being cataloged at the museum and will be kept and displayed there.
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Can you dig it ping ...
That's a revisionist "historian" way of putting it.
Or perhaps this was simply a battle fought in a time when men were men and sought to destroy their enemies, lest they come back seeking vengeance.
cool find though...I’ll be interested to see what all they uncover as time goes on.
Never bring a bow and arrows to a musket fight.....!!
Thanks to the Free Republic's resident scholar SunkenCiv for alerting me to this story...
The RevWar/Colonial History/General Washington ping list...
The English are great warriors.
That's EXACTLY right.
Or perhaps this was simply a battle fought in a time when men were men (despite the wigs) and sought to destroy their enemies, lest they come back seeking vengeance.
I wonder, what part of “WAR” does this writer not understand?.......................
Imagine a Connecticut Yankee in Sachem Sassacus’ Court trying to explain Foxwoods.
Ya think, even though Johnny Mathis will be appearing there later in July?
The confederation was something of a precursor to the colonies’ response to another threat in the mid 1770s.
Thanks for the link Pharmboy. I’m really interested in Colonial Wars.
“A project to map the battlefields of the Pequot War is bringing those musket balls, gunflints and arrowheads into the sunlight for the first time in centuries. It’s also giving researchers insight into the combatants and the land on which they fought, particularly the Mystic hilltop where at least 400 Pequot Indians died in a 1637 massacre by English settlers.”
I read somewhere that the English Colonists at this time and through King Philip’s War in the 1660’s, used matchlock muskets and the Indians used flintlocks. The settlers had less use for firearms than the Native Americans who valued them as a tool to obtain furs and hides for trade with the Europeans, and, as such, purchased the more effective weapon at the time.
The War was supposedly started by the murder of a questionable character, John Stone, a privateer or pirate, and slaver, by the Western Niantics
“In the same year, John Stone was murdered by the Pequots on the Connecticut River. It may be that he was thought to be a Dutchman, and one of the murderers of Tatobem. Stone was known to the Bay Colony authorities as a privateer and rogue and may have provoked the Indians who claim to have acted in self-defense, but he soon became another statistic in the Colony’s list of Pequot “crimes.”
Considering that Indians tortured each other to death during wars, the Brits were pretty easy on them
How those sweet little Indians fought before the white man came...
I once read or heard that each tribe’s name for itself translated “human being” and that other tribes were considered as animals, ergo, they could be killed at will..........
I never knew that...thanks for that insight. One of those that’s so spot on yet so obvious when one thinks about it.
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