Monday, 23 January 2012
The Great Swamp fight King Philip's War 1675
New England Colonial militia vs Narragansett
2 battalions of militia 3 bands of warriors/civilians
Board: Amerindian fortified village attacked and destroyed
Most of this conflict consisted of attacks on English colonial settlements and counter raids on Amerindian villages. Church’s Rangers were developed in this period.
The re fight 1/8/12
The Narragansett were settled into their village for the winter when Benjamin Church came to pay a visit. The Amerindians, believing they were safe inside their fortified camp in the middle of a frozen swamp never thought the New Englanders were come to make war on them. After all, they had not started the fighting, the other native groups in the area did.
The Amerindian leader, deployed his warriors with muskets outside to try and delay the New Englander advance. The New Englanders on the other hand decided to use Pike and shot tactics to try and smash into the fort. Church's company deployed on the right while the less able militia with muskets took the left. A further collum was behind them armed with older matchlocks and swords and shields. The first Amerindian volley took out some of Church's men but they were slowly shot down by English musket fire.
As the pike block smashed into the fort, the remaining Amerindians fled into the woods during a cold bleak season.