Captain Ware

Map courtesy of Fred Button

“A man by the name of Rocket, in searching for a stray horse, discovered a train of 42 Indians, about sunset, From their appearance he suspected they intended to attack the settlement at Wrentham the next morning, after the men dispersed to their work; he therefore followed them, secretly, till they halted for the night, when he hastily returned to the settlement and gave notice to the inhabitants.  A consultation was held, at which it was agreed to attack the Indians early the next morning.  A company of 13, under the command of Captain Ware, was hastily collected from Wrentham and the vicinity; who, having secured the women and children and the inform in the garrison, set out for the Indian encampment, where they arrived just before day-light; and were posted within a short distance, with orders to reserve their fire till the enemy began to decamp.

Between day-light and sunrise the Indians suddenly rose from their resting places, when, upon a signal given, a general discharge was made, which threw them into the utmost consternation.  Some, in their confusion, while attempting to escape, leaped down a precipice of rocks from 10 to 20 feet in height; some of the fugitives were overtaken and slain.  Two of them, who were closely pursued, attempted to conceal themselves in Mill Brook, where they were found and killed.  It is related that one Woodcock discharged his long musket, called, in those days, a buccaneer, at a fugitive Indian, at the distance of 80 rods, and broke his thigh bone, and them killed him.

The number of Indians killed was from 20 to 24; and not one of the whites.  The place where this bold adventure occurred is in that part of the ancient Wrentham which is now Franklin.  The large rock where the Indians were encamped is to this day called Indian Rock.  The time is not certainly ascertained; but it was, without much doubt, in the spring or summer of 1676, when the Indian forces were dispersed in parties throughout the country.”

Source:  Historical Collections: Being a General Collection of Interesting Facts, by John Warner Barber, Published by Warren Lazell, Worcester, 1848, page 471

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