|Posted By:||Shannon Breaux|
|Subject:||Turner Falls/Robert Bardwell|
|Post Date:||January 21, 2008 at 16:04:38|
|Forum:||King Philip's War Forum|
I am looking for information on Robert Bardwell and his place in the Turner Fall's fight. I have this information, but cannot find any specifics. Can anyone help?
He (Robert) was raised to the
dignity of a sergeant and was in command of one or two forts in the eastern part of the state. We first learn of his being in the Connecticut Valley when he was sent with dispatches to the troops gathered for the defense of our frontier settlements with orders that if snow fell before he retuned to stay through the winter, so his journey must have been late in the fall of 1675, as he remained at Hatfield. This was at the time when King Philip was on the war path and he came on foot and alone through the forest. He was
among the foremost to march to the attack upon Philip's men at what we now know as Turners Falls, 18 May 1676, being active in that gallant fight. In all the hard engagements in which he fought he came off without a serious wound. At this time he made up his mind to remain in Hatfield. He received his share in the division of the lands in Hatfield.
Abbrev: History of the Town of Whately, Massachusetts, 166