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Groton in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Col. William Ledyard

 
 
Col. William Ledyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2009
1. Col. William Ledyard Marker
Inscription.  
On this spot
Col. William Ledyard
fell by his own sword in the hands
of a British officer to whom he had
surrendered in the massacre of
Fort Griswold, Sept. 6, 1781.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is September 6, 1838.
 
Location. 41° 21.249′ N, 72° 4.785′ W. Marker is in Groton, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Park Avenue and Monument Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located inside Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Groton CT 06340, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Groton Heights (within shouting distance of this marker); The Construction of Fort Griswold (within shouting distance of this marker); Death of Major William Montgomery (within shouting distance of this marker); Covered Way (within shouting distance of this marker); Defenders of Fort Griswold • Sept • 6th 1781 • (within shouting distance of this marker); Groton Battle Monument
"The Death of Col. William Ledyard" - by D.Wagner image. Click for full size.
via Battle of Groton Heights website, unknown
2. "The Death of Col. William Ledyard" - by D.Wagner
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(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spanish Flagship Gun (about 300 feet away); Civil War Memorial (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Groton.
 
Also see . . .  Welcome to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park. Friends of Fort Griswold website homepage (Submitted on May 12, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Marker in Griswold Battlefield State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2009
3. Marker in Griswold Battlefield State Park
Accounts of the death of Col. Ledyard differ. The Americans reported that Ledyard was killed immediately after surrendering to the British. The British version of the battle makes no mention of Col. Ledyard's death.
Marker on Fort Griswold Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2009
4. Marker on Fort Griswold Battlefield
The Groton Battle Monument can be seen in this photo, beyond the marker.
Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2009
5. Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park
The marker is located in Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park in Groton, CT.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,352 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   2. submitted on March 23, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3, 4, 5. submitted on April 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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