Monday, April 15, 2024

The Sudbury Fight, King Philip’s War


  If anyone out there happens to be in the area I will be giving a talk at the Fort Devens Museum on Saturday 29 April.  Please stop by and say hello!

The Sudbury Fight, King Philip’s War

April 20, 1 PM

Fort Devens Museum, 94 Jackson Road, Devens, MA

On April 21, 1676 over five hundred Wampanoag, Nipmuc, and Narragansett warriors attacked the frontier settlements of Sudbury (today Sudbury and Wayland) in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  Various companies of English militiamen from nearby settlements marched to that town’s defense and were drawn into ambushes and suffered heavy losses. The battle was the largest fight and the last major Native American victory in King Philip’s War before their final defeat in southern New England in August 1676.  All but forgotten today, the sites and stories of this battle are still there to be found by the curious who look for them.

Mark Nichipor is a local historian interested in the Colonial and Revolutionary History of New England.  He was a National Park Service Ranger at Revolutionary War sites until retiring after nearly thirty years. He served as an instructor in the NPS Historic Weapons Safety Program and ran The Staff Ride Programs for military visiting Minute Man and Bunker Hill parks.  He has a number of published articles on Revolutionary War history.

The Fort Devens Museum is located at 94 Jackson Road, Devens, MA, on the third floor and is wheelchair accessible. This event is free and open to the public with donations gratefully accepted. Thanks to the Harvard Cultural Council.


  1. Sorry to miss this. I have a memorial for a friend and fellow gamer in NYC on the 30th. The day after I head up to Maine.

  2. I am very sorry I cannot be there in person. I wish you luck and a big turnout.

    But just think, next year will be the 350th! Someone should put on a big game in conjunction with that anniversary. :-)

    1. At historicon lets talk.....
      Unless I get pulled over by the Sudbury police department 😗

  3. It's rather a shame that 17th North American wars attract so little attention.

  4. Greetings from Sudbury (Suffolk) to Sudbury (Massachusets)! Very interesting to read your post, I hope your talk goes well. By a strange coincidence I was in a charity shop in Sudbury (Suffolk) a couple of days ago, and they had for sale a vintage-looking book on the history of Sudbury - I picked it up and realised it was in fact about your Sudbury ( I didn't buy it, I'm afraid). If it's still there next time, I will see if this incident is covered - as it surely will be?

  5. Good luck with your talk this weekend Mark