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

The Battle of Ridgefield

April 27, 1777

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
1. The Battle of Ridgefield Marker
Inscription. The chief engagement of Connecticut’s only inland battle during the War for Independence was fought approximately 100 yards from this site. Several hundred hastily-mustered militia joined a handful of Continental troops under Generals Benedict Arnold and Gold Stilliman to face British regulars more than thrice their number led by Major General William Tryon.

Only an hour before, American General David Wooster fell mortally wounded during his second attack on the British rearguard as it retreated toward Ridgefield after burning patriot supplies at Danbury. Although Tryon’s redcoats carried the day in Ridgefield, the resulting “Hornet’s Nest” of patriot farmer-soldiers ensured Crown troops never returned, and may have contributed to British General John Burgoyne’s isolation and surprising defeat at Saratoga six months later.

In memory of those who fell in defense of America at Ridgefield:
Major General David Wooster, Lt. Col. Abraham Gould, Lt. Hezekiah Davenport, Lt. Nathan Gray, Lt. Ephraim Middlebrook, Lt. William Thompson, Joshua Bartlett, Bradley Dean, Silas Haines, Samuel Seeley, David Selleck, Abraham Smith, David Stevens

Dedicated on the 225th Anniversary of the battle by:
The Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America
Edward Franklin Romig, II   Governor

225th
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By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
2. The Battle of Ridgefield Marker
Anniversary Committee
Keith Marshall Jones     Chairman
Rudolph Marconi,     First Selectman

 
Erected 2002 by Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America.
 
Location. 41° 17.033′ N, 73° 29.934′ W. Marker is in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is on Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in Ballard Park. Marker is in this post office area: Ridgefield CT 06877, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ridgefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Ballard Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Smith Tavern – A Colonial Meeting Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Street in the Late 1800s (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Elms Inn and Stebbins Homestead (about 400 feet away); The Village in the 1900s (about 500 feet away); The Ridgefield Train Station (about 700 feet away); The Gilbert House (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ridgefield.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Ridgefield. (Submitted on October 17, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Ridgefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
3. Ridgefield Marker
Marker in Ballard Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
4. Marker in Ballard Park
Ballard Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
5. Ballard Park
The Battle of Ridgefield marker is located in Ballard Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,618 times since then and 138 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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