|55 Richard Smith Drive|
Rhode Island USA
Postal Code: 02852
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
On December 19, 1675, troops from the Confederation of the United Colonies of New England under Governor Winslow including Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, and Connecticut and Rhode Island joined forces against the most powerful Indian tribe in New England. A bloody battle took place at a fort built by Narragansett Sachem, Canonchet (also called King Philip)in the Great Swamp in South Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Island. Although the United Colonies won the battle, the number of dead and wounded was great for both sides.
Smith's Castle or Richard Smith's Block House, as it was called, was burned by Indians and reconstructed using wood from the original house in 1680. Land adjoining the building became the burial place for 40 soldiers who died as a result of the Great Swamp Fight.