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This tells of a scalp hunting expedition against the Indians in April 1725. 100 pounds was the bounty on scalps at the time. This was the third such expedition that Capt. Lovewell made and it was a disaster. Of the 33 who started 15 (Lovewell included) died and 9 were wounded.

Lovewell's Fight

Of worthy Captain Lovewell I propose now to sing,
How valiantly he served his country and his king;
He and his valiant soldiers did range the woods full wide,
And hardships they endured to quell the lndian's pride.

'Twas nigh unto Pigwacket, on the eighth day of May,
They spied a rebel Indian soon after break of day;
He on a bank was watching upon a neck of land,
Which leads into a pond, as we're made to understand.

Our men resolved to have him and traveled two miles round,
Until they met the Indian, who boldly stood his ground.
Then speaks up Captain Lovewell, "Take you good heed" says he,
"This rouge is to decoy us, I very plainly see.

"The Indians lie in ambush in some place nigh at hand,
In order to surround us upon this neck of land.
Therefore we'll march in order, and each man leave his pack,
That we may briskly fight them when they shall us attack."

They came unto this Indian, who did them thus defy;
As soon as they came nigh him, two guns he did let fly,
Which wounded Captain Lovewell, and likewise one man more,
But when this rouge was running they laid him in his grave.

Then having scalped the Indian, they went back to the spot,
Where they had laid their packs down, but there they found them not;
For the Indians having spied them, when they them down did lay,
Did seize them for sheer plunder and carry them away.

These rebels lay in ambush, this very place hard by,
So that an English soldier did one of them espy,
And cried out, "There's an Indian!" with that they started out,
As fiercely as old lions and hideously did shout

With that our valiant English all gave a loud Hurrah,
To show the rebel Indians they feared them not a straw.
So now the fight began, as fiercely as could be;
The Indians ran up to them but soon were forced to flee.

Then spake up Captain Lovewell, when first the fight began,
"Fight on my valiant heroes! You see they fall like rain."
For, as we are informed, the Indians were so thick,
A man could scarcely fire a gun and not some of them hit.

Then did the rebels try their best our soldiers to surround,
But they could not accomplish it, because there was a pond,
To which our men retreated and covered all the rear,
The rouges were forced to flee them, altho' they skulked for fear.

Two logs there were behind them, that close together lay,
Without being discovered, they could not get away;
Therefore our valiant English, they traveled in a row,
And at a handsome distance as they were wont to go.

'Twas 1 0 o'clock in the morning, when first the fight began,
And fiercely did continue until the setting sun;
Excepting that the Indians, some hours before 'twas night,
Drew off into the bushes and ceased awhile to fight.

But soon again returned, in fierce and furious mood,
Shouting as in the morning, but yet not half so loud;
For as we are informed, so thick and fast they fell,
Scarce twenty of their number, at night did get home well.

And that our valiant English, till midnight there did stay,
To see whether the rebels would have another fray;
But they no more returning, they made off towards their home,
And brought away their wounded as far as they could come.

Of all our valiant English, there were but thirty-four,
And of the rebel Indians, there were about fore score,
And sixteen of our English did safely home return,
The rest were killed and wounded, for which we all must mourn.

Our worthy Captain Lovewell among them there did die,
They killed Lt. Robins, and wounded good young Frye,
Who was our English Chaplain; he many Indians slew,
And some of them he scalped when bullets round him flew.

Young Fullam too I'll mention, because he fought so well,
Endeavoring to save a man, a sacrifice he fell;
But yet our valiant Englishmen in fight were ne'er dismayed,
But still they kept their motion, and Wymans captain made.

Who shot the old chief Paugua, which did the foe defeat,
Then set his men in order, and brought off the retreat;
And braving many dangers and hardships in the way,
They safe arrived at Dunstable, the thirteenth day of May.

In the beginning of the war, one hundred pounds were offered by the government for every Indian scalp. Captain Lovewell and his company in about three months made twelve hundred pounds. This stimulated them to attack the village of Pigwocket, where if successful, the considered their fortunes sure. It was a heavy loss to the country, but this nearly finished the war. The Indians formed no considerable body in these parts afterwards. A long and happy peace followed.

The above song is taken from the valuable Historical Collections of Farmer and Moore.

References

(Excerpt from the History of Philip's War, by Church).



Lovewell Fight

This tells of a scalp hunting expedition against the Indians in April 1725.


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