Episode 5 of King Philip’s War is finally up. You can access it here or on most podcasting platforms, including Spotify.
Sheesh. Hate to get delayed like that, but I couldn’t record for several days because my voice sounded like a croaking seal. I’m mostly back in fettle.
This episode touches on a couple of the major actions in King Philip’s war, that unfolded in the spring of 1676 — the Sudbury Fight and the Battle/Massacre at Turner’s Falls. Captain Paul McNamee of the New England Ranging Company recce’d the site of Turner’s Falls and shared his scouting report — engaged as he was in imagining back to the landscape of 347 years ago. I stole the title of this post from him, BTW.
Paul’s photo album can be accessed here.
The actions of Spring 1676 marked a turning point in the war. The native insurgents more than held their own on the battlefield, but they paid a price that they couldn’t afford for victories, and the attack at Turner’s Falls was a severe blow. The insurgency simply could not sustain itself without outside sources of food, firearms and ammunition. By the beginning of summer, the end game was underway, with the forces of Puritan New England hunting down bitter-enders.