Colonial Wars Timeline Images In Sequential Order
1. Ensign John Sheldon House: As war seemed ever present, this fortified house was built in 1699 within a protective palisade.
2. The Door: The gash in this door is from a raid on Deerfield on February 29, 1704.
3. Excerpt from John Williams' captivity narrative from night of attack: Deerfield's Rev. John Williams wrote this first-hand account of his experiences on the night of February 29, 1704.
4. Table of Losses: Soon after the February 29, 1704 raid this report was sent to the governor of Connecticut.
5. Snowshoes: Attackers brought snowshoes for themselves and their captives for their march to Canada during Queen Anne's war.
6. Sash: On one of their four visits to New England, Eunice Williams and her Kanien'kehaka (Mohawk) husband, Arosen, gave this sash to her brother Stephen.
7. Shot pouch: Although some captives chose to remain in Canada, they visited their relatives in New England, often bearing gifts like this.
8. Cover of Sermon to Eunice Williams and Arosen: This sermon was intended to convert John Williams' daughter, Eunice, from Catholicism back to Protestantism.
9. Excerpts from accounts of visitations between Native people and their former captives: Ebenezer Sheldon and his sister Mary were given 300 acres of land for hosting their former Kanien'kehaka captors.
10. Prisoner halter: This prisoner halter (also known as a tumpline) is a war trophy that was found at the scene of a skirmish in 1746 (The Bars Fight) during King George's war. Tumplines were used by Kanien'kehaka (Mohawks) to lead their captives.
11. Bars Fight poem: Written to commemorate the Bars Fight, this poem was composed by Lucy Terry, (c.1730 to 1837) an African slave in Deerfield.
12. Samuel Allen shirt: This tiny shirt fragment was preserved in remembrance of Samuel Allen, who was killed at the Bars Fight in August 1746 in Deerfield, Massachusetts.