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Title A trew relation given by Robart Wattson captive before the com[m]andrs. att wells ... concerning the takeing and destroying Casco Bay [manuscript]: 1690 May 25 [sic]
Author Wattson, Robart
Date
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Contemporary copy of a May 25, 1690, report by Robart Wattson to the military commanders of Wells, Maine, concerning the successful French and Abenaki attack on the English settlement and fort at Casco Bay, Maine. Wattson, an escaped captive, describes the abandonment of garrisons in the town, the burning of houses, the fiery attack on the fort, the capitulation of the English forces, and the treatment of the captives. He also notes the number of French and Abnaki forces, Englishmen killed or captured, and women and children captured. The original document was signed by Capt. Samuel Sherborne and other members of the military at Wells.
Names Sherborne, Samuel
Places Casco Bay, Falmouth, Fort Loyal, Wells, Maine, United States
Keywords French and Indian Wars, France, attack, war, battle, armed forces, colonial forces, fort, captive, militia
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information During May 16-20, 1690, the English fort (Fort Loyal) and settlement at Falmouth on Casco Bay in Maine were besieged and destroyed by a force of approximately 500 French and Abenaki forces. The defending militia commanded by Capt. Davis capitulated after receiving promises that the survivors and their families would be allowed to proceed to the nearest English settlement. Instead all were either killed or taken as captives to Canada.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 965
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue