The Battle of Turner’s Falls, also known as the Peskeompscut massacre, was fought on May 19, 1676, during King Philip’s War, in present-day Gill, Massachusetts, near a falls on the Connecticut River. The site is across the river from the village of Turners Falls. A band of English colonists under the command of Captain William Turner fell upon the poorly guarded Indian village of Peskeompscut near the falls at dawn, slaughtering many of its inhabitants. Many of the warriors in the camp escaped, and they regrouped with those from other nearby camps to harass the English retreat, during which Turner was killed.
Captain McNamee notes:
“One time I was out that way and drove past Turner’s monument. I don’t recall what time of year (not winter, anyway). The stone had been vandalized with a thorough coat of red paint. Undoubtedly protest vandalism signifying the blood spilled. They’ll probably put an extra cop on duty overnight tonight, I would think.”