This week the Fairfield Museum is presenting to the public a variety of objects and research collected over the past two years in Southport related to the Battle of Pequot (Munnacommock) Swamp, which took place there nearly 400 years ago. The Museum was awarded a National Parks Services grant as part of the American Battlefield Protection Program, and the grant was used to work with archeologists from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center to scour the area for possible information related to the battle.
The Pequot Swamp Battle was the last major battle in the Pequot War, a fight between Pequot and English Allied forces, which took place from July 13 to July 14, 1637. The goal of the project was to locate and document battlefield activity associated with the 24-hour battle. After working in yards, parks and woodsy areas in Southport, more than 250 objects were found, many of which were deemed to be battlefield-related.