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A Brief History of King Philip's War
Page 14
by Bodge, George M.


where he was encamped with a few of his men, while the great body were scattered, scouting and foraging. He was soon after executed by Oneko, by the judgement of the English authorities. The death of Canonchet was really the death blow of the war, for he was the real leader of all active operations at this time. Philip was still the chief instigator, however, and now more than before, became, for the time, the controlling mind of a larger number than ever before. There were dissensions, however, and many of the chiefs began to murmer and some to threaten against him as the cause of all their troubles. Some of the river tribes began to show signs of weakening, and proposed negotiations with the English. Philip withdrew to the stronghold near Wachuset with such as adhered to him, and with Quinnapin, and such of the Narragansets as followed him. The Indians were still active, and watched every chance to strike a blow. They came to Marlborough on April 18th and burned the abandoned houses of the settlers. Capt. Brocklebank commanded the garrison there and refused to be drawn into the ambuscades, which before the burning, the Indians had set. On April 20th they crept down, and encompassed the town of Sudbury. On that day Capt. Wadsworth marched up from Boston with a company of fifty men, passed through Sudbury and doubtless the lines of the enemy without any knowledge of their vicinity. He was forcing his march to relieve the garrison at Marlborough, where they arrived about midnight on the 20th, and without delay leaving their recruits, took those relieved to come home, including Capt. Brocklebank, and came back towards Sudbury. The great numbers of Indians had encompassed the town and in the morning of the 21st began to burn outlying houses to draw out the inhabitants from the garrison. They soon made a furious and persistant attack on Haine's garrison from morning to mid-day, but were beaten off until rumors of reinforcements from various quarters caused them to withdraw to meet these. Edward Cowen and eighteen coming to the relief of Sudbury, were attacked but escaped with only four killed, they turned back, suspecting the ambush laid out for them. Capt. Wadsworth soon after arrived by another road and meeting with an outpost of the enemy rushed forward to engage them and as usual they soon found themselves surrounded by great numbers, and were forced to a position on a hill, where most of the company fell fighting, including Capt. Wadsworth, Capt. Brocklebank and Lieut. Sharpe. Some sixteen of the company managed to escape to a mill, and there defended themselves until relieved. A company from Watertown arrived soon after Capt. Wadsworth and crossing the river, made a brave attempt to get to the hill to join him in his desperate fight, but were nearly surrounded themselves and forced to retire. Capt. Hunting with a company of Christian Indians and a squad of troopers arrived from Charlestown late in the afternoon, in time to rescue the men at the mill. After the fight, in which

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