The Captain said, We must Burn them; and immediately stepping into the Wigwam
where he had been before, brought out a Firebrand, and putting it into the
Matts with which they were covered, set the Wigwams on Fire;…and when
it was thoroughly kindled, the Indians ran as Men most dreadfully Amazed. And
such a dreadful Terror did the Almighty let fall upon their Spirits, that they
would fly from us and run into the very Flames, where many of them perished...
God was above them, who laughed his enemies and the enemies of his people to
Scorn, making them as a fiery Oven: thus were the Stout Hearted spoiled, having
slept their last Sleep, and none of their Men could find their Hands: Thus
did the Lord judge among the Heathen, filling the Place with dead Bodies!
--John Mason, A Brief History of the Pequot War, pp. 9-10
Great and doleful was the bloody sight to the view of young soldiers that never
had been to war, to see so many souls lie gasping on the ground, so thick,
in some places, that you could hardly pass along... Sometimes the Scripture
declareth that women and children must perish with their parents.
--Cpt. John Underhill, News from America, p. 39-40
William Bradford: "It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire, and the streams of blood quenching the same, and horrible was the stink; but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice...to God."
"The defeat of the Pequots must be ascribed
to the wonderful Providence of God, who did (as with Jacob of old, and after
that with the
children of Israel) lay the fear of the English and the dread of them upon
all the Indians. The terror of God was upon them round about.”
--Increase Mather, Brief History of the War with the Indians in New England (1676)
"In a little more than one hour, five or six hundred of these barbarians were dismissed from a world that was burdened with them." Mather then describes "the bodies of so many natives barbecued, where the English had been doing a good morning's work," and notes that members of the Pequots who came upon the slaughter after it had concluded "howled, they roared, they stamped and were the picture of so many devils in desperation. Heaven smiled," he added.
--Cotton Mather, Magnalia Christi Americana. Cotton Mather was Increase's son, a Puritan divine and revered pastor of the Second Church of Boston.