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Pageant Exhibition Panel 13 - Fire of the blockhouse
TitlePageant Exhibition Panel 13 - Fire of the blockhouse
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SubjectKing Philip's War, 1675-1676; Massachusetts--Colonial period--1650-1675; Lancaster (Mass.)--History--1670-1680--Drama; Fourth of July celebrations--Massachusetts--Lancaster; Library exhibits--Massachusetts--Lancaster; Indians of North America--Massachusetts--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775; Native Americans; Indians of North America--Nashaway
DescriptionThe Rowlandson blockhouse on fire during Episode 3, Massacre by the Nashaway Indian tribe, in the Lancaster, Massachusetts 1912 Fourth of July Pageant. The photograph shows the blockhouse on fire. Outside the fortifications, the women try to flee, while in front, the Nashaway's crouch low to ambush the colonists. In the distance, the crowd watching the pageant can be seen. The attack occurred on February 10, 1676 during King Phillip's War, also called Metacom's War or Metacom's Rebellion, that took place from 1675-76 between Native Americans and Colonists and their Native American Allies in Southern New England. Metacom, known as King Phillip to the English, was the grand Sachem of the Wampanoag Confederacy. The photograph is mounted on heavy cardboard and has text describing the activity and history depicted in the photograph. The text for this image has been transcribed.
TranscriptionPageant at Lancaster, Massachusetts, July 4, 1912. MASSACRE A sortie on the part of the settlers is met by disastrous resistance, and many die. The block-house then begins to be consumed, and its unhappy inmates come rushing out only to be set upon by the crouching savages at the gate, who spring upon them and slay all who resist. "About two hours they had been about the house before they prevailed to fire it. Now is the dreadful hour come, that I have often heard of (in the time of war, as was the case with others) but now mine eyes see it. But out we must go, the fire increasing, and coming along behind us, roaring, and the Indians gaping before us with their guns, spears, and hatchets to devour us." Narrative of Mrs. Rowlandson.
CreatorSears, Richard
ContributorsThayer Memorial Library
TypeImage, Text
SourceImage is the thirteenth photograph in the Lancaster Massachusetts 1912 Fourth of July Pageant Exhibition created by the Thayer Memorial Library.
RelationFrom the archives at the Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster, Massachusetts.
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