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

The Battle of Ridgefield, April 27, 1777

Ridgefield, Connecticut

 

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The Battle of Ridgefield, April 27, 1777 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
1. The Battle of Ridgefield, April 27, 1777 Marker
Inscription. British General Tryon’s Raid on Danbury occurred on April 26, 1777. The beginning of the 1777 campaign was the first British invasion and the only pitched battle in Connecticut. Following the burning of Danbury the British troops marched through Ridgefield the next day on their way back to their ships moored at Compo Beach in Westport. The first skirmish, under the leadership of American General David Wooster occurred at the intersection of Barlow Mountain Road and North Salem Road. The second occurred at the intersection of Tackora Trail South where General Wooster was mortally wounded. His men then joined those of General Benedict Arnold. General Arnold, then still a great American hero, led the patriots against the British at a barricade that had been erected in front of Benjamin Stebbins’ house. Arnold narrowly escaped death when his horse was shot out from under him. The enemy continued its march through the town, firing along the way at known patriot buildings.

Casagmo replaced the Stebbins house which was torn down in the 1890s. George M. Olcott built the yellow brick Georgian mansion and named it using the Italian word for house, plus his initials – Casa GMO. It was razed in 1968 to make way for the present apartment/condominium complex. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Location.
Marker on Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
2. Marker on Main Street
41° 17.204′ N, 73° 29.94′ W. Marker is in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on the south side of the entrance to Casagmo condominiums. 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. Battle of Ridgefield Dead (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Ridgefield (a few steps from this marker); The Gilbert House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Elms Inn and Stebbins Homestead (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Ridgefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ridgefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smith Tavern – A Colonial Meeting Place (approx. ¼ mile away); Ballard Park (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ridgefield.
 
More about this marker. Two photos provided by the idgefield Historical Society appear on the marker. One depicts Town Street (now Main Street) at the time of the battle, and the other is of the Stebbins House.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take the Museum in the Streets Walking Tour in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
 
Also see . . .
Battle of Ridgefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
3. Battle of Ridgefield Marker
A marker honoring eight patriot and sixteen British casualities of the battle can be seen in the photo behind the marker.
 Battle of Ridgefield. (Submitted on October 17, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Battle Damage image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
4. Battle Damage
One of the patriot buildings fired upon by the retreating British was the Keeler Tavern located several miles south of the marker. A cannon ball is still lodged in the north wall.
 
 
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 2,296 times since then and 117 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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