The Preble Massacre
June 9, 1758
Picture courtesy of Deborah Bosma

Excerpts from "The Last Tragedy of the Indian Wars: The Preble Massacre at the Kennebec" by Rev. Henry O. Thayer,
Collections of the Maine Historical Society, Third Series, Vol. 1, p. 406 (1904, Portland Maine)
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On June 9, 1758,  Ebenezer Preble was shot by marauding Indians as he worked on his farm at the north end of Arrowsic Island across the Kennebec River from Bath, Maine. The Indians then went to the farmhouse for the rest of the family.  As Henry Thayer wrote in 1904:
"They preferred captives to scalps because of the higher price in the French markets of the spoils of war. They strove for entrance and demanded surrender, offering "good quarters." Failing of this, they tried bullets. One account told that Mrs. Preble was putting a featherbed against the door for more effective barricade against the guns. Through crevice or aperture by door or window she was shot dead, falling in the midst of her shrieking children, while grievous wounds were inflicted on two more of the household."
The Preble Massacre Memorial
After killing Mary Preble, the Indians took captive the Preble children and servants and sold them to the French in Canada. Thayer wrote:

"On the way the captors hailed another party and held aloft on a pole the bunch or scalps, exulting in the trophies of a successful raid: the bereaved girls held long in memory the excruciating view of the long, black hair of their mother, waving as a token of orphanage cruelly thrust upon them in a moment and their wretched and then hopeless fate as they were driven into the land of the enemy and the stranger."
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