Capture and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson: Lancaster, Massachusetts 1675
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by Mary Rowlandson (1680)
"On the tenth of February 1675, came the Indians with great numbers upon Lancaster: their first coming was about sunrising; hearing the noise of some guns, we looked out; several houses were burning, and the smoke ascending to heaven. There were five persons taken in one house; the father, and the mother and a sucking child, they knocked on the head; the other two they took and carried away alive. There were two others, who being out of their garrison upon some occasion were set upon; one was knocked on the head, the other escaped; another there was who running along was shot and wounded, and fell down; he begged of them his life, promising them money (as they told me) but they would not hearken to him but knocked him in head, and stripped him naked, and split open his bowels. Another, seeing many of the Indians about his barn, ventured and went out, but was quickly shot down. There were three others belonging to the same garrison who were killed; the Indians getting up upon the roof of the barn, had advantage to shoot down upon them over their fortification. Thus these murderous wretches went on, burning, and destroying before them."
Mary Rowlandson was one of the lucky ones. She was made captive and lived amongst the Indians for several months until she was "redeemed." This classic narrative is a rare documentary of an actual historical event, coupled with the strong-willed author's interpretation of the affair as a religious experience.
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