Near West Kingston in Washington County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
The Great Swamp Fight
19 December 1675
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
“Great Swamp Fight”
Sunday 19 December 1675
This record was
placed by the Rhode Island Society
of Colonial Wars
Note: A second marker, now missing, was placed on the opposite side of the obelisk on Nov. 3, 1916. It read:
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
Erected 1906 by the Societies of Colonial Wars of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Location. 41° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Kingston RI 02892, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 (was approx. ¾ mile away but has been reported missing. ); Washington County Jail (approx. 3.7 miles away); Griffin's Hollow (approx. 5.4 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).
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).
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 (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.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Patriots & Patriotism • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2009, by Byron C. Lewin of University Place, Washington. This page has been viewed 12,561 times since then and 149 times this year. 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?