| American History Stories, Volume I|
|by Mara L. Pratt|
|Stories of early exploration and founding of American colonies, conflicts over religion, and troubles with the Indians, culminating in the French and Indian War. Ages 8-12 |
KING PHILIP'S WAR
tribes of Indians,
under the leadership of their
chief, Philip, banded together and vowed that they
would not rest until every
white man was driven from the country.
There were so many Indians in
this league that it seemed for a time as if
their threat would indeed
be carried out.
The first attack was made upon the people of Swansea.
The people had all been gathered together in their
little church, which you remember was more like a
fort than a church. As they came out, and were walking slowly
homeward, suddenly there was heard the
 Indian war-whoop; and in an instant there burst out
from the forests troops of Indians
armed with guns, arrows, clubs, tomahawks—anything
with which a deadly blow could be given.
After this, the Indians fell upon all the
towns and upon the farms scattered about
over the country. If you ever read the history
of King Philip's War, you will find it full of terrible stories of the
cruelty of these Indians,
and of stories, sad, sad stories, of the poor women and children who
were cruelly murdered or dragged away to be made slaves of.
were continually on the watch.
When men went out to work, they would be
shot down by an unseen foe. The women
at work in their homes would be shot by a ball or an arrow
coming in through the window.
 King Philip's right-hand man in this war was Annawon. He
it was, who, in the midst of the fire of battle, could be
heard shouting to his men, "I-oo-tash! I-oo-tash!" meaning, "Stand to it!
Stand to it!"
At last, in August, 1676, King Philip was surrounded in a
swamp at Mount Hope and killed. "Now," said the colonists,
"if we could capture or kill Annawon, we should be safe."
Finding that Annawon had made his camp
in another swamp near by, Captain Church,
one of the bravest of the colonists, set out
with a companion and some Indian guides to
find it. Soon they came in sight of it—down
in a deep recess among the hills. There lay
Annawon himself, stretched out before his tent
half asleep. Slowly and quietly they climbed
down, and before Annawon even knew of their
 presence, Captain Church stepped across the chief's body and
took him prisoner.
Meantime, the followers of Captain Church went to the other
Indians lying about before their camp-fires, and told them
that their chief was taken, that there were hundreds of
white men just outside the camp, and that their lives should
be spared, if they would surrender at once.
Captain Church, exhausted with his long march, now lay down
close to Annawon and slept, throwing his foot over Annawon,
so that the least movement would awaken him. For two hours
the captain slept. When he woke, he found Annawon lying with
eyes wide open staring at him. At last, Annawon arose and
stalked off into the forest. As he had surrendered his
arms, Captain Church allowed him to go, wondering what he
would do next.
 Soon he returned, bringing a war-belt, which
had belonged to the Indian chief, King Philip.
Laying it at Captain Church's feet, he said,
"Great Captain, you kill King Philip—you
capture me—now the war is ended—this
belt belong to you."
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