Captive Histories: English, French, and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid
This volume draws together an unusually rich body of original sources that tell the story of the 1704 French and Indian attack on Deerfield, Massachusetts, from different vantage points. Texts range from one of the most famous early American captivity narratives, John Williams's The Redeemed Captive, to the records of French soldiers and clerics, to little-known Abenaki and Mohawk stories of the raid that emerged out of their communities' oral traditions. Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney provide a general introduction, extensive annotations, and headnotes to each text.
Although the oft-reprinted Redeemed Captive stands at the core of this collection, it is juxtaposed to less familiar accounts of captivity composed by other Deerfield residents: Quentin Stockwell, Daniel Belding, Joseph Petty, Joseph Kellogg, and the teenaged Stephen Williams. Presented in their original form, before clerical editors revised and embellished their content to highlight religious themes, these stories challenge long-standing assumptions about classic Puritan captivity narratives.
The inclusion of three Abenaki and Mohawk narratives of the Deerfield raid is equally noteworthy, offering a rare opportunity not only to compare captors' and captives' accounts of the same experiences, but to do so with reference to different Native oral traditions. Similarly, the memoirs of French military officers and an excerpt from the Jesuit Relations illuminate the motivations behind the attack and offer fresh insights into the complexities of French-Indian alliances.
Taken together, the stories collected in this volume, framed by the editors' introduction and the assessments of two Native scholars, Taiaiake Alfred and Marge Bruchac, allow readers to reconstruct the history of the Deerfield raid from multiple points of view and, in so doing, to explore the interplay of culture and memory that shapes our understanding of the past.
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In their excellent monograph,Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield , Haefeli (history, Columbia Univ.) and Sweeney (history & American studies, Amherst Coll.) told the ... Read full review
QUENTIHSTOCKWELLS RELATION OF HIS 1677 CAPTIVITY AND REDEMPTION 1684
THE CAPTURE AND DEATH OF CHEPASSON 1690
DANIEL BELDINGS 1696 CAPTIVITY C 1729
DESTRUCTION OF DEERFIELD 1704
LETTER FROM WILLIAM WHITING TO GOVERNOR FITZJOHN WINTHROP 1704
LETTER FROM ISAAC ADDINGTON TO GOVERNOR FITZJOHN WINTHROP 1704
A LETTER CONCERNING THE MISSION OF LORETTE IN NEW FRANCE 1710
HERTEL MEMOIRE C1712
THE STORY OF THE BELL 1882
THE LIFE AND CAPTIVITY OF MISS EUNICE WILLIAMS 1842
A DESCENDANT RECOUNTS THE 1704 ATTACK 1995
PARTRIDGES LAMENT 1704
LETTER FROM PHILIPPE DE RIGAUD DE VAUDREUIL TO THE MINISTER OF THE MARINE 1704
LETTER FROM CLAUDE DE RAMEZAY TO THE MINISTER OF THE MARINE 1704
THE REDEEMED CAPTIVE RETURNING TO ZION 1707
IN HIS CAPTIVITY C 1707
LETTER FROM JOHN WILLIAMS TO STEPHEN WILLIAMS 1729
JOSEPH PETTYS 1705 ESCAPE C 1729
WHEN I WAS CARRIED TO CANADA C 1740
THE HISTORY AND TRADITIONS OF EUNICE WILLIAMS AND HER DESCENDANTS 1922
THE SADOQUES FAMILY AND DEERFIELD 2004
Identities of Native People
List of the 1704 Deerfield Captives
Fates of the 1704 Deerfield Captives
Fates of New England Captives Taken between 1703 and 1712