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Title Account [manuscript]: of Capt. Lovewell’s fight at Pigwacket, 1725 May 8
Author Melvin, Elezear
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: This manuscript account of Pigwacket Fight (1725) was written by Eleazar Melvin. In this document Melvin briefly describes Lovewell’s march from Dunstable near present day Nashua, N.H. to Pigwacket, Maine, lists the names of the men in Lovewell’s command, and provides some information about the fight and the fatalities. One Eleazar Melven is included in his list, but it is unclear whether it is the same name as the author's, which is spelled as Melvin.
Names Lovewell, John (1691-1725)
Places Pigwacket [Pequawket, Fryeburg], Maine, Dunstable, Nashua, New Hampshire, United States
Keywords war, battle, soldiers, death, personal account
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Captain John Lovewell of New Hampshire was one of New England’s most famous frontiersmen and scalp-hunters. During Dummer’s War in the spring of 1725, Lovewell recruited forty-six men to raid the Indian town of Pigwacket, also a tribe of the Abenaki confederacy. Upon approaching Pigwacket on May 8, Lovewell and his men encountered a much larger Indian force than expected. Capt. Lovewell was mortally wounded at the first fire and only eighteen of his men survived the day-long battle.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 591
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue