A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier
Williams: The Queen Anne’s War remains to be a time in history when disaster really loomed for my family and I. the French and the English soldiers had mainly entered into the war with the main intent to ensure that the Spanish throne was captured.
Martin: John Williams, while you experienced a war which was aimed at capturing a territory that was not even your country’s in the first place I tend to think that The Revolutionary War which I experienced though remains to be a bitter pill in my mouth, had more justification that propelled me forward. As a matter of cat, the main issue that I was involved in a war aimed at liberating my country form the colonial rule simply puts a smile on my face and washes away the painful memories that I do have of the war.
Williams: It is okay for you Martin that you were a solder and had been expecting to be involved in a war on a personal level hence was not as shocked and terrified as I was regarding the occurrences that I had experienced with my family during that particular dark moment in my life.
I can clearly remember that it all began on the 29th of February in the year 1704. Our small land very dear town of Deerfield was raided at this particular time. It happened so fast that the aftermath of the attack was what I can clearly remember and comprehend of the very initial attack. It was after the attack that it could be seen that the entire place had been ravaged, plundered and set ablaze. Residents were left slaughtered in the streets while those who were fortunate enough escaped death by either fleeing away or being captured. I am glad that I fell among the fortunate category as I was also captured.
Martin: And if I ask you Williams, what was the goal behind the attack that was so brutally staged against such a small sized town in England.
Williams: It only dawned on me later that the main reason as to why my town had been subjected to such great levels of destruction and people killed in bulk was so as to acquire me as the captive. Being a prominent reverend of Deerfield by then, the people who were sent to capture me made it clear that I was to be trade off that could be used for the French captain Guyon Jean. He had been held hostage by our English people for military reasons.
Martin: It is sad that you got involved in the war at the initial stage involuntarily since I was very much aware of the fact that I was gong into the war. As for me, I was leaving to get into the war, I had regarded myself as a hero and it was also with the same perception that I had been regarded by people form my community. Involving in the Revolutionary War brought a sense of heroism to the soldiers and it was due to this that I initially thought that I would be coming back a very proud American soldier.
Williams: As for you Martin, your ‘capturing’ seems to have been a very exiting experience. What about the war field? Di you experience the goodies that had been promised to you as you were being recruited into the army?
Martin: Let me be very frank with you Williams. The battle field presented to me the most horrifying moment in my life. As a matter of fact, I can say that I received exactly the opposite of what I had been made to believe that I was going for. Instead of the salary, good food and clothes that had been promised, the battle filed offered nothing. I actually experienced soldiers who ran in the battlefield almost naked. This was regardless of the fact that food was almost a forgotten thing for a soldier in a war. We actually had to walk in the neighboring communities and borrow food form the locals. It was only during occasional moments that food was brought in large amounts by the government and donors then the soldiers would have their limited shares.
Williams: I must confess that I received the same harsh conditions as you Martin although I am glad that yours began at the war front unlike mine which were directed towards my community, my family and I right from the moment of capturing. The capturing by the French meant that we had to be on a journey which I remember lasted for a couple of months. Survival for the fittest was the main thing during the journey as no one could offer you food, shelter or clothing automatically. It was as a result of such a terrible journey that I was separated from my children and wife. We were finally in the hands of the French as the war that seemed not to have an ending continued. Nether did the French nor the English express any sign of surrendering to the other. I am also very glad that your suffering was brought about by insufficient food and clothing. Can you imagine that I totally lost control of my family? This could not get any worse than when I was set free after three years to go back to my homeland without any of my children. I succeeded in the attempts that I made to have my children released by the French although I could not get one of them (Eunice) whom the Indians had failed to sell to the French. It was a devastating moment!