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"see no enemy to shoot at, but yet felt their bullets out of the thick bushes where they lay in ambushments. The enemy also used this stratagem, to apparel themselves from the waist upwards with green boughs, that our Englishmen could not readily discern them, or distinguish them from the natural bushes." (4)
In contrast to the English forces, Native Americans maintained silence as they moved through the forests. Colonial soldiers, bunched together, quite often talked as they marched, wore squeaking shoes, or dry leather breeches that made rustling noises, all of which announced their presence to the enemy. (5)
(1) Bodge, G. M. 1906. Soldiers in King Philip's War. 3rd Edition, p. 391. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Company,
Baltimore, Maryland, 1967.
(2) Byington, E. H. 1894. The Puritan as a Colonist and Reformer. Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, pp. 223-226;
Vaughn, Alden T. 1965. New England Frontier Puritans and Indians 1620-1675. pp. 246-250. Little Brown and Company, Boston.
(3) Gookin, D. 1677. An Historical Account of the Doings and Sufferings of the Christian Indians in New England in the Years 1675, 1676, 1677. p. 436.
Reprinted by Arno Press, N.Y., 1972.
(4) Gookin, p. 441 (5) Church, B. 1716. Diary of King Philip's War 1675-1676. p. 81. Reprinted by the Pequot Press, Chester, Connecticut. 1975; Gookin, p. 442
(6) Hubbard, W. 1677. The History of the Indian Wars in New England. pp. 60-61, Reprinted by Kraus Reprint Co., N. Y., 1969;
Gookin, pp. 441, 448; Wheeler, Thomas. A Thankefull Remembrance of Gods Mercy to Serveral Persons at Quabaug or Brookfield. pp. 244-246.
Reprinted in So Dreadfull a Judgment. R. Slotkin and J. K. Folsom (eds), Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT., 1978.
(7) Drake, S. G. 1841. Book of the Indians. 8th Edition, Book III, p. 10. Antiquarian Bookstore, Boston.
(8) Gookin, p. 442-444; Church, p, 91.
(10) Gookin, pp. 485-486; Bodge, pp. 396-398; Shurtleff, Nathaniel B. (ed.) 1853-54. Records of the Massachusetts Bay in New England 1628-86. Vol. 5, pp. 57, 64, 84, 86. Boston.