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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Groton, Connecticut
Groton is in New London County
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|[West Side of Marker Stone]
This memorial marks the site of
the home built in 1656 by
Captain James Avery
the founder of the family now known
as the Groton Averys. This
Hive of the Averys
was owned and occupied by its . . . — — Map (db m28169) HM|
|Erected by Robert A. Gray and dedicated to the memory of his brave comrades who offered their lives for their country in the War of 1861 – 1865 — — Map (db m20044) HM|
|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. — — Map (db m18048) HM|
| A pathway between the fort and the lower battery where soldiers using it were under cover from enemy gunfire. — — Map (db m19053) HM|
|The death of Major William Montgomery while leading the British attack on the Fort at this point. Sept. 6th 1781 — — Map (db m18049) HM|
|British Officer - “Who commands this fort ” Colonel Ledyard – “I did sir, but you do now ” Killed – Lieut. Col. William Ledyard, Commanding Capt. Elijah Avery • Capt. Elisha Avery • Lieut. . . . — — Map (db m19584) HM|
|As part of New London Plantation, Groton was settled in 1646 by John Winthrop, the younger, and a band of Puritans from Massachusetts. The town separated from New London in 1705, and was named for the Winthrop manor in England. One of the last . . . — — Map (db m66439) HM|
| The monument was erected under the patronage of the State of Connecticut, A. D. 1830, and in the 55th year of the Independence of the U. S. A. in memory of the brave Patriots, who fell in the Massacre at Fort Griswold, near this spot, on the 6th of . . . — — Map (db m18050) HM|
| In honor of the 38 Patriots who were carried as prisoners in boats to New York from this shore after the Battle of Groton Heights September 6, 1781 — — Map (db m18053) HM|
|Built in 1843 for the storage of gun Powder — — Map (db m19055) HM|
|Built in 1843 – To heat cannon balls to set wooden vessels aflame when struck — — Map (db m19054) HM|
| Shelter afforded our wounded and dying soldiers within this house after the massacre at Ft. Griswold Sept. 6, 1781 Moved in 1971 to Ft. Griswold State Battlefield Park — — Map (db m19050) HM|
|This gun was taken from the wreck of Admiral Cervera's flagship Maria Theresa which fired the first shot July 3, 1898 as she steamed from Santiago Harbor. — — Map (db m19057) HM|
| On the morning of September 6, 1781, a British fleet under the command of former American general Benedict Arnold appeared at the mouth of the Thames River. Arnold’s mission was to destroy American privateers in New London and to capture military . . . — — Map (db m19038) HM|
| In November 1775, Colonel Jedeiah Elderkin was directed by the Governor and the Council of Safety “to view the circumstances of the harbor at New London and neighboring places, and consider of the most proper place and manner of fortifying . . . — — Map (db m19041) HM|
|To perpetuate the memory of those gallant shipmates who gave their lives during World War II. Dedicated by U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II.
U.S. Submarines still on their last patrol.
Sealion SS195 December 10, 1941; S-36 SS141 January . . . — — Map (db m104650) WM|
|In grateful memory of these submariners who died in the service of their country during World War II. They stand in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die so that freedom might live. Their final resting places are known only to the . . . — — Map (db m104652) WM|
| Shelter was afforded our wounded & dying soldiers within this house, after the massacre at Fort Griswold, Sept. 6, 1781. — — Map (db m19046) HM|