Much like the Cozens Family Shrine, I can’t not see this statue from US-4 in Boscawen, New Hampshire, at the confluence of the Contoocook and Merrimack Rivers. This is the first time I’ve knowingly been to an “Indian burial ground,” i.e., Native American massacre site.
According to legend, Dustin, her infant, her neighbour Mary Neff, and a young boy named Samual Lennardson were captured by Native Americans of the Abenaki tribe (does anyone want to fill in the blanks about why the Abenaki attacked?). One night on the march toward Canada, after the Abenaki killed the infant, Dustin, Neff, and Lennardson attacked their captors. They scalped the ten out of 12 Native Americans they killed, to collect the scalp bounty. A statue memorializes the massacre site in Boscawen.
Personally, in all my cemetery travels, I have not seen a weirder inscription.
15 1697 30
The War Whoop Tomahawk
Faggot & Infanticides
Were at Haverhill
The Ashes of
Wigwam-Camp-Fires at Night
& of Ten of the Tribe
The use of “faggot” as a pejorative term for effeminate men dates back to the late 16th century.
David Blanchard is the sculptor.