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Massacre on the Merrimack

Hannah Duston's Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki warriors in service to the French raided the English frontier village of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Striking swiftly, the Abenaki killed 27 men, women, and children, and took 13 captives, including 39-year-old Hannah Duston and her week-old daughter, Martha. A short distance from the village, one of the warriors murdered the squalling infant. After a forced march of nearly 100 miles, Duston and two companions were transferred to a smaller band of Abenaki, who camped on a tiny island located at the junction of the Merrimack and Contoocook Rivers, several miles north of present-day Concord, New Hampshire.

After witnessing her infant's murder, Duston resolved to get even. Two weeks into their captivity, Duston and her companions, a 51-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy, moved among the sleeping Abenaki with tomahawks and knives, killing two men, two women, and six children. After returning to the bloody scene alone to scalp their victims, Duston and the others escaped down the Merrimack River in a stolen canoe. They braved treacherous waters and the constant threat of attack and recapture, returning to tell their story and collect a bounty for the scalps.

©2015 Jay Atkinson (P)2019 Tantor

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I know a little about the story being from the area. I enjoyed the story, Only thing I did not care for was the jumping around of time. I know it was important to tell the back stories, but I was getting a little lost with the time frame.