Miantonomo Monument

Here lies Miantonomo

Plaque sponsored by the Mohegan Tribe

Located on Elijah Street

After being captured along with some of his leaders at the Battle of Great Plains, Miantonomo and his warriors were taken to Shantok by Uncas. He was treated well but Uncas finally was ordered to surrender him to the English so they could decide the Narragansett’s fate. Miantonomo was kept in prison for about six weeks, and then the authorities had him released to Uncas and his warriors with orders to execute him away from any of the settlers’ towns, so Narragansett reprisals would not fall on their heads. Hopkins, Whiting, and John Mason, along with eight soldiers, had accompanied the Mohegans to see that the sentence was carried out and to defend Uncas in case the Narragansetts sought to avenge Miantonomo’s execution. Miantonomo was executed with a hatchet in a single stroke wielded by Wawecqua, the brother of Uncas, somewhere on the path between Hartford and Norwich.

This single act would prevent the Mohegans and Narragansetts from ever uniting against colonists.

Benjamin Trumbull, writing 175+ years after the fact, says that the execution was at Sachem’s Plain but none of the original documents have “Sachem’s Plain” as an execution place. Recent scholars tend to agree that Miantonomo was probably executed along the path between Hartford and Norwich, probably sooner rather than later, to avoid the possibility of the Narragansetts swooping downs and freeing their sachem en route; and well away from any settlement, in agreement with the United Colony’s orders.

East Great Plains Mohegan Battleground

East Great Plains Mohegan Battleground

The picture of a proud Irish Mary Collins Stanley with her three boys Bill, Jim and Chick, taken over 100 years ago.

Plaque sponsored by the Mohegan Tribe

Located on 574 New London Turnpike (Three Rivers Community College)

In 1643, the Narragansett Sachem, Miantonomo, raised an army of 900 and marched against Uncas. The war party was discovered coming down the Quinnebaug. Mohegan runners were sent to warn Uncas at Fort Shantok and Mohegans at nearby villages. The Mohegan warriors hastily gathered and advanced to the Great Plain where Uncas confronted Miantonomo and challenged him to single-handed combat. Miantonomo refused and said that since his warriors had come prepared to fight, they would do battle. At hearing this, Uncas dropped to the ground, and his warriors, at a prearranged plan threw the Narragansetts into flight.

They were unable to rally their men from this surprise, and they were chased to the brink of the Yantic River where many lives were lost. The remainder were pursued to Sachem Plain by the Mohegans. Miantonomo was captured and held for Uncas. Also caught were a brother of Miantonomo and two sons of the Narragansett sachem, Canocicus. After a stay with Uncas of several months, the authorities demanded Miantonomo be sent to Hartford to await their judgment.