During the summer and autumn of 1675 the Indians on the west side of Narragansett bay did not take part directly in King Philips war. But in the next winter the English found that these Indians were secretly receiving and sheltering their savages who had been wounded in fighting for the noted Chief. The settlers took these point and determined to attack the Indians with a huge army. When the Indians learnt the intention of the English, they had gathered themselves in the fort on an island in a swamp. This fort was very difficult place to reach. It was built of the trunks of trees set upright in ground. It was quite strong and the savages felt quite safe.
The English started moving very early in the morning. For fifteen miles they waded through deep snow. Many of them had their hands and feet badly frozen, the chief man was Captain Benjamin Church of Plymouth. He was a brave soldier, he knew all about Indian life and their way of fighting. He was struck by two bullets in the war and was badly hurt. Inspite of this he was not discouraged. He made one of his men hold him up, he encouraged his soldiers. The fight was desparate one, but the fort was taken atlast by the English. The English lost more than 250 men and some were wounded. While Indians lost nearly 1000 men. After the battle Captain Church beseeched his men not to burn Indians wigwam for there were great number of old men, women and children. But the men were very mad against the savages and did not listen to him, they set fire to wigwams and burnt the people alive. The chief of the tribe Canonchet was taken as prisoner. The settlers told him they would spare his life if he would try to make peace. He denied, and so he was shot down.
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