Stonington in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
The Defenders Of The Fort
Aug. 10, 1814.
Geo. Howe Fellowes.
Who Nailed the Flag to the Mast.
Amos Denison, Jr.
Seth C. Leonard.
Hotatio G. Lewis
( north face )
These Two Guns
Used In Repelling
The Attack On
Of The English
Ramilles 74 Guns
Bomb Ship Terror
Aug. 10, 1814
Location. 41° 19.887′ N, 71° 54.376′ W. Marker is in Stonington, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Cannon Square, on the right when traveling south on Water Street. Touch for map. Located in Cannon Square Park. Marker is in this post office area: Stonington CT 06378, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thomas Howe House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Stonington Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stonington Land Battery (approx. 0.4 John W. Richmond (approx. 0.8 miles away); Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stonington (approx. 2.1 miles away); Stonington Founders Monument (approx. 2.5 miles away); Wequetequock Burial Ground (approx. 2.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stonington.
Regarding The Defenders Of The Fort. During the War of 1812, between August 9 and 12, 1814, four British vessels, HMS Ramillies, HMS Pactolus, HMS Dispatch, and HMS Terror, under the command of Sir Thomas Hardy, appeared off Stonington harbor. The British demanded immediate surrender, but Stonington's citizens replied with a note that stated, "We shall defend the place to the last extremity; should it be destroyed, we shall perish in its ruins." The women and children fled inland, but the men stayed to defend their town.
For three days the Royal Navy pounded the town, but the only fatality was that of an elderly woman who was mortally ill. While many fires were started by shells and rockets, they were quickly put out and no buildings were destroyed. The townsmen located a supply of powder
Also see . . . The Defence of Stonington, by J. Hammond Trumbull, 1864 at Project Gutenberg. (Submitted on September 5, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • War of 1812 •
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