Bibliography Info

 Interested in researching the Pequot War or Colonial New England?

Listed below are a few primary resources, please feel free to comment below to add additional sources!

Most of these materials are at the Pequot Museum Research Library, available online or at your local library.  


 Primary Source Narratives of the Pequot War:

Philip Vincent, A True Relation of the Late Battell Fought in New England, Between the English, and the Salvages: With the Present State of Things There. M.P. for Nathan Butter: London, 1637.

John Underhill, Newes from America; or, a New and Experimentall Discoverie of New England; Containing, a True Relation of their War-like Proceedings there Two Years Last Past, with a Figure of the Indian Fort, or Palizado. J.D. for Peter Cole: London, 1638.

Edward Johnson, A History of New-England From the English  planting in the Yeere 1628 untill the Yeere 1652. Nath Brooke: London, 1654.

Lion Gardener, Leift Lion Gardener his relation of the Pequot Warres. (Written 1660) First published in Massachusetts Historical Society Collections, Vol. III, 3. Massachusetts Historical Society: Boston, MA, 1833.

Thomas Prince ed., John Mason, A Brief History of the Pequot War: Especially Of the memorable Taking of their Fort at Mistick in Connecticut In 1637. (Written ca. 1660) S.Kneeland & T.Green: Boston, MA, 1736.

Nathaniel Morton, New England’s Memorial. S.G and M. J for John Usher: Cambridge, MA, 1669.

Increase Mather, A relation of the troubles which have hapned in New-England by reason of the Indians there from the year 1614 to the year 1675. John Foster: Boston, MA, 1677.

William Hubbard, A Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians in New-England, form the first planting thereof in the year 1607. But chiefly of the late Troubles in the two last years, 1675 and 1676. To which is added a Discourse about the Warre with the Pequods In the year 1637. John Foster: Boston, MA, 1677.

Frederick Berg Hartranft ed., Benjamin Trumbull, A Compendium Of The Indian Wars in New England, More Particularly such as the Colony of Connecticut have been concerned and Active in, New Haven, August 25th anno 1767. Edwin Valentine Mitchell: Hartford, CT, 1926.


May 1 Declaration of the Pequot War. Page lifted from the "Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut" edited by J. H. Trumbull.

May 1 Declaration of the Pequot War. Page lifted from the “Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut” edited by J. H. Trumbull.

Selected Secondary Sources for the Pequot War:

Alfred Cave, The Pequot War. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1996.

Effingham De Forest. Captain John Underhill: Gentleman, Soldier of Fortune. New York, NY: DeForest Publishing Company, 1934.

Alexander Johnson, “The Pequot War” in Connecticut: A Study of Commonwealth Democracy. Cambridge, MA: The Riverside Press, 1898.

Steven T. Katz, “The Pequot War Reconsidered” in New England Quarterly 64 (1991): 206-224.

Patrick M. Malone. The Skulking Way of War: Technology and Tactics among the New England Indians. Lanham, MD: Madison Books, 1991.

Kevin McBride, “The Legacy of Robin Cassacinamon: Mashantucket Pequot Leadership in the Historic Period” in Northeastern Indian Lives 1632-1816. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1996.

Michael Leroy Oberg. Uncas: First of the Mohegans. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Charles Orr, Ed. History of the Pequot War: The Contemporary Accounts of Mason, Underhill, Vincent, and Gardiner. Cleveland, OH: Helman-Taylor Company, 1897.

Guy Perrotta & Charles Clemmons. Mystic Voices: The Story of the Pequot War. New York, NY: Cinema Guild, 2005.

James Shepard. Connecticut Soldiers of the Pequot War of 1637. Meriden, CT: Journal Publishing Company, 1913.

Alden T. Vaughan “Pequots and Puritans: The Causes of the War of 1637” in The William and Mary Quarterly 21 (1964): 256-269.