11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Ridgefield Library
Free and open to the public. To register, please click here.
Join Edward Hynes for this fascinating presentation that begins on April 25, 1777, when the British land at Compo Beach, march through Redding to Danbury, and return to the shore through Ridgefield and Wilton. Learn about the roles key historical figures played in the Raid and Battle including Brigadier General Benedict Arnold, Major General David Wooster, and Brigadier General Gold Selleck Silliman.
Get all of the specifics about the main encounters that took place in Danbury and Ridgefield. The British destroyed Washington’s main supply depot in Danbury and marched on to Ridgefield where they encountered Wooster and Arnold. Although driven back in a running battle down Ridgefield’s main street, the Patriots were able to inflict casualties on the British and delay their progress.
While the British walked north, they had to fight their way back to Compo Beach. Their expedition may have been a tactical success, but their actions galvanized Patriot support in Connecticut.