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Schofield Rebellions (Vikings in the New World)

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Part of a series on the New England War.

The Schofield Rebellions were a series of rebellions led by a freedom fighter named Andrew Schofield, during the summer of 1490. This rebellion is widely considered to be the precedent of the New England War. Andrew Schofield first became noticeable in 1485, when he began to run an anti-English political discussion group, based in Chesterson (OTL Newport, Rhode Island). The Engish made multiple attempts to break up these meetings, eventually killing two participants and capturing Schofield. He ended up spending three years in prison, repeatedly trying to build up a similar group as the one he had before. To his annoyance, the English troops were ordered to keep a careful eye on him, making it nearly impossible to form any group at all, much less a revolutionary one.

Eventually, he did manage to create a group. He called it "The Raven's Eye", and it was heavily secret. This group however, was much more radical and revolutionary than the original discussion group. As a result, instead of organizing the occasional riot, he started organizing assassinations. This group's exploits proved to be massively successful. From organized murder, Schofield moved on to organize small rebellions, with varying degrees of success.

Then, in the summer of 1490, Schofield decided to lead a rebellion himself. He gathered fifty men and marched to the small English town of Fort Brotherhood, which was taken easily. His forces ravaged the area, killing many English troops. The height of the rebellion occured on July 23rd, 1490. Schofield, with two hundred rebels, attacked a major English naval base. Despite almost one hundred rebels dead, the raid was a huge success. The burnt the port, and the ships in it, to the ground.

However, his rebellion began to wind down. So, Schofield, desperate for one more victory, led his hundred remaining troops in a final attack on the English Fort Victoria. This proved to be a quite fatal mistake. The rebels tried to siege the fort, but the English had been prepared for this. Two hundred of their troops had been placed outside the fort. On the night of October 21st, 1590, the English struck from both sides. Schofield's forces were decimated, with Schofield himself dying the next day. Only fifteen rebels escaped, many hunted down and killed later on. Although estimates vary, the rebellion had most likely killed between one hundred and five hundred soldiers.

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