New London in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Revolutionary New London
The Fight for Liberty
When the “Lexington Alarm” was sounded in April 1775, three militia companies from New London and surrounding towns responded immediately. Within a month, six new regiments were formed with two New London companies participating in the Battle of Bunker Hill. In July another two regiments were formed; Nathan Hale was appointed lieutenant of one of these; It was an era of brave and self-denying men and the number who performed deeds worthy of remembrance was sizable.
British warships ruled Long Island Sound and New London feared an attack at any time. Merchantmen and even fishermen were forced to stay in port. Fortifications were erected, and the populace was in fear and unsettled. From the beginning to the close of the Revolution a cloud of depressing gloom hung over New London. With her mariners and tradesmen deprived of employment and her merchants impoverished or bankrupt, the shadows grew deeper from year to year. In self-defense, her residents turned to privateering. While this hazardous course rarely led to profit, the attacks and losses became a significant thorn in the side of the British.
Location. 41° 21.264′ N, 72° 5.627′ W. Marker is in New London, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New London CT 06320, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Revolutionary War Privateering (here, next to this marker); Nathan Hale (here, next to this marker); Nathan Hale Schoolhouse (a few steps from this marker); New London Soldiers & Sailors Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Whaling in New London (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); The Roots of the US Coast Guard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Atlantic Trade (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New London.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 342 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.