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Near West Kingston in Washington County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
The Great Swamp Fight
19 December 1675
 
The Great Swamp Fight Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dwight C. Brown Jr., circa ca 1968
1. The Great Swamp Fight Marker
 
Inscription.
Attacked
within their fort upon this island
the Narragansett Indians
made their last stand
in King Philip's War and
were crushed by the united forces
of the Massachusetts Connecticut
and Plymouth Colonies
in the
“Great Swamp Fight”
Sunday 19 December 1675

This record was
placed by the Rhode Island Society
of Colonial Wars
1906

Note: A second marker, now missing, was placed on the opposite side of the obelisk on Nov. 3, 1916. It read:
In memory of
Major Samuel Appleton
of Ipswich, Massachusetts
who commanded the
Massachusetts forces and
led the victorious storming
column at the
Great Swamp Fight
Dec. 19, 1675

This Tablet placed by the
Rhode Island Historical Society
1916

 
Erected 1906 by the Societies of Colonial Wars of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
 
Location. 41° 28.118′ N, 71° 35.736′ W. Marker is near West Kingston, Rhode Island, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from South County Trail (Rhode Island Route
 
The Great Swamp Fight Marker - Appleton Photo, Click for full size
By Barbara Lema, September 2, 2012
2. The Great Swamp Fight Marker - Appleton
 
2), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Kingston RI 02892, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Great Swamp Fight (approx. mile away but has been reported missing); Washington County Jail (approx. 3.7 miles away); Rhode Island National Guard (approx. 5.8 miles away); Medal of Honor-Honor Roll (approx. 5.8 miles away); Jewish War Veterans (approx. 5.9 miles away); Armed Services Memorial (approx. 6.1 miles away); Lonely Lookout Memorial (approx. 6.1 miles away); We Aim-To Deliver (approx. 6.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The obelisk is located southeast of Great Swamp Monument Road which is off of South County Trail, RI route 2, slightly west of the intersection with Liberty Lane. It is depicted on Google Earth. Beginning at the nearest town, West Kingston, RI, find Liberty Lane and follow it to Route 2. Turn left and go southwest on Route 2 a very short distance to Great Swamp Road. It may not be marked, but there was a historical marker sign there at one time. Turn left and go south to the end which is a cul de sac. Follow the trail south to the monument.

The 20-foot tall obelisk is centered among four massive boulders, engraved with the names of each of the four United Colonies (Massachusetts, Plymouth, Connecticut, and Rhode Island).
 
The Great Swamp Fight Marker - Rhode Island Boulder Photo, Click for full size
By Barbara Lema, September 2, 2012
3. The Great Swamp Fight Marker - Rhode Island Boulder
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Great Swamp opened at last. An December 1938 article about the Great Swamp Fight by Gerald H. Hyde, Inspector for Massachusetts and Rhode Island published in The Regional Review.
"In 1906 a rough granite shaft about 20 feet high was erected by the Rhode Island Society of Colonial Wars to commemorate this battle. Around the mound on which the shaft stands are four roughly squared granite markers engraved with the names of the colonies which took part in the encounter and two tablets on opposite sides of the shaft give additional data." (Submitted on October 14, 2009.) 

2. The Great Swamp Fight – 332 years ago today. Originally published December 16, 2007 by David Churbuck. The responding comments below the article add additional history from descendents and visitors of the area. (Submitted on October 14, 2009.) 
 
The Great Swamp Fight Marker Photo, Click for full size
By James Clayton Sattel, February 1
4. The Great Swamp Fight Marker
 
 
The Great Swamp Fight Marker Photo, Click for full size
Courtesy of Providence Public Library
5. The Great Swamp Fight Marker
Historical photo, date taken unknown, of the now missing Major Samuel Appleton memorial marker located near the obelisk.
 
 
The Great Swamp Fight Obelisk Photo, Click for full size
By Barbara Crudale, Volunteer, Smith's Castle, RI, June 2, 2003
6. The Great Swamp Fight Obelisk
Marker can be seen directly in front of the obelisk.
 
 
The Great Swamp Fight Marker Photo, Click for full size
Courtesy Providence Public Library
7. The Great Swamp Fight Marker
Historical photograph, date taken unknown.
 
 
The Great Swamp Fight Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bryan Simmons, 2011
8. The Great Swamp Fight Marker
Massachusetts 1 of 4 Boulders.
 
 
The Great Swamp Fight Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bryan Simmons, 2011
9. The Great Swamp Fight Marker
Plymouth 2 of 4 Boulders
 
 
The Great Swamp Fight Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bryan Simmons, 2011
10. The Great Swamp Fight Marker
Rhode Island 3 of 4 Boulders
 
 
The Great Swamp Fight Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bryan Simmons, 2011
11. The Great Swamp Fight Marker
Connecticut 4 of 4 Boulders
 
 
The Great Swamp Fight Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bryan Simmons, 2011
12. The Great Swamp Fight Marker
This is carved in the center obelisk
 
 
The Great Swamp Fight Marker site Photo, Click for full size
By Barbara Lema, September 2, 2012
13. The Great Swamp Fight Marker site
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2009, by Byron C. Lewin of University Place, Washington. This page has been viewed 8,150 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 9, 2010, by Dwight C. Brown Jr. of Bradford, Rhode Island.   2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2012, by Barbara Lema of Warwick, Rhode Island.   4. submitted on February 18, 2013, by James Clayton Sattel of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.   5. submitted on October 14, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   6. submitted on October 4, 2009, by Byron C. Lewin of University Place, Washington.   7. submitted on October 14, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on June 4, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts.   13. submitted on September 3, 2012, by Barbara Lema of Warwick, Rhode Island. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Clearer photograph of the missing Major Samuel Appleton memorial marker. • Can you help?
 
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