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Westport in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Minuteman

Jennings Trail

 
 
Minuteman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2009
1. Minuteman Marker
Inscription.
To Commemorate the
heroism of the Patriots
who defended their
country when the British
invaded this State April 25-
1777. General David Wooster
Colonel Abraham Gould
and more than one hundred
Continentals fell in the
engagements commencing
at Danbury and closing on
Compo Hill

 
Erected 1910 by Connecticut Society Sons of American Revolution.
 
Location. 41° 6.686′ N, 73° 21.319′ W. Marker is in Westport, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Compos Road South and Compos Beach Road, in the median on Compos Road South. Click for map. This historical marker is located on a traffic island in the middle of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Westport CT 06880, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Westport Commemoration (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jesup-Godillot House (approx. 2 miles away); Godillot Carriage House (approx. 2 miles away); First Engagement (approx. 2 miles away); Compo Beach (approx. 2 miles away);
Minuteman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2009
2. Minuteman Marker
View of historical marker situated with accompanying statue of local patriot minuteman.
Jesup Green (approx. 2 miles away); The Post Road Bridge (approx. 2.1 miles away); Nash House (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Westport.
 
Regarding Minuteman. The sculpture is a young minuteman man in colonial knee breeches and tunic, kneeling with his arms gripping a musket. A powder horn is slung across his right shoulder. He is facing towards Danbury, on guard should the British decide to march again on Westport.

The sculpture commemorates an important battle of the American Revolution. The $6,000 monument was funded by the Connecticut State Legislature in 1903. It was first sited on a higher mound of earth on the beach and was surrounded by a fieldstone wall. It is not known when it was moved to its present location.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for the Battle of Ridgefield. (Submitted on August 3, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Minuteman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2009
3. Minuteman Marker
View of the historical marker situated on the traffic island on the way to Compos Beach.
Identifying the Jennings Trail Minuteman image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2009
4. Identifying the Jennings Trail Minuteman
Located across the street from the statue is another marker identifying the sculptor. Erected by the Westport Historical Society and Westport Young Womens League, it reads:
The work of Westport Artist Daniel L. Webster. Dedicated in 1910. Statue is a composite portrait of local people descended from Colonial Patriots.
Minuteman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2009
5. Minuteman Marker
View of the statue, from across the street at the marker identifying the sculptor.
 
 
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