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Revolutionary War in Connecticut

Revolutionary War in Connecticut

Even before war erupted, Connecticut passed anti-Tory laws. In time, these—and harassment from liberty-minded neighbors—forced many loyal to Britain to flee their homes or suffer imprisonment. When fighting started in 1775, Connecticut patriots earned acclaim, from Benedict Arnold (before he turned traitor) at the seizure of Fort Ticonderoga to Israel Putnam at Bunker Hill. Read more...

Stamford’s Three-Gun Armada

Stamford’s Three-Gun Armada

During the Revolutionary War, American privateers utilized armed whaling boats to keep the British from the colonies’ shores and prevent illicit trade in British goods. In 1778, 1779, and 1780, the Connecticut General Assembly passed numerous acts forbidding trade with the British, but these acts proved difficult to enforce. Read more...

The British Attack Danbury - April 25, 1777

The British Attack Danbury - April 25, 1777

On April 25, 1777, British forces land at the mouth of the Saugatuck River with plans to attack Danbury. General William Howe had ordered Major General William Tryon, royal governor of New York, to destroy the Continental military supplies stored there. Read more...

Battle at Ridgefield - April 27, 1777

Battle at Ridgefield - April 27, 1777

On April 27, 1777, American forces under the command of Major General David Wooster attacked the retreating British troops under Major General William Tryon in Ridgefield. In anticipation of Tryon’s return march to Long Island Sound after the April 25 and 26 attack on Danbury, Wooster, General Benedict Arnold and General Gold Selleck Silliman deployed their forces.  Read more...

Stealth Attack from Guilford Launched - May 23, 1777

Stealth Attack from Guilford Launched - May 23, 1777

On May 23, 1777, Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs launched a lightning raid from Sachem Head in Guilford on Sag Harbor on the western end of Long Island, about 20 miles as the crow flies from Guilford. Read more...

Blood on the Hill: The Battle of Groton Heights - September 6, 1781

Blood on the Hill: The Battle of Groton Heights - September 6, 1781

By 1781 it was becoming apparent to both sides that outright British victory in the American Revolution was unlikely, in part due to the commitment of French troops and other resources that would culminate in the successful Yorktown campaign in October 1781. Read more...

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Historical Parks in CT

Surround yourself in the heritage of our State: experience Revolutionary War Battles, tour mansions of great philanthropists, see archaeological sites, or learn about our industrial past. Learn more...

 

 

Connecticut's Old State House

It is the mission of Connecticut's Old State House to reawaken citizen engagement and awareness by offering an authentic, educational and inspiring visitor experience. Hartford, CT. Learn more...

 

 

 

Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Located in the center of Connecticut's largest historic district, the Webb-Dean-Stevens Museum provides the quintessential New England experience. Visitors are immersed in life of the mid-18th and early-19th centuries during informative and entertaining one-hour tours. Wethersfield, CT. Learn more...

 

Mystic Seaport

The Museum's grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated 19th-century coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America's oldest commercial ship still in existence. Mystic, CT. Learn more...

 

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Patriots Under Cover.
The article discusses spies, Intelligence, and espionage during the U.S. Revolutionary War. Emphasis is given to topics such as the military leadership of General George Washington, reconnaissance on enemy positions by scouts, the organization of the Culper spy ring by Major Benjamin Tallmadge, and Washington's distrust of double agents. iCONN OneSearch

William Tryon confronts the American Revolution, 1771-1780.
Presents a study on the career of William Tryon, a British officer in in the 1770s, focusing on his role in the American Revolution. Role in the attempts to suppress colonial discontent against Britain; Enforcing British authority and isolating a minority of radicals; Views on how a war should be prosecuted; Coercing colonists back to submission to royal and parliamentary authority. iCONN OneSearch

Benedict Arnold.
Revolutionary war general and traitor, was born in Norwich, Connecticut, the son of Benedict Arnold III, a merchant, and Hannah Waterman King. Of his mother’s eleven children, only he and a younger sister survived. At age eleven he was sent away to grammar school, but he left two years later when his alcoholic father lost the family’s fortune. Apprenticed to his mother’s cousin, an apothecary in Norwich, he volunteered in three campaigns (1757–1759) of the French and Indian War, deserting finally to be with his dying mother. His father died soon after, leaving little except debts, but his generous master paid the debts and set Arnold up in business when he decided to move to New Haven in 1762. Biography Reference Center

The Massacre at Fort Griswold.
Focuses on the 1781 Fort Griswold massacre. Comparison between the number of American defenders and English attackers; English Lieutenant Colonel Eyre's adherence to 18th century rules of warfare; Refusal of American commander William Ledyard to surrender; Inquiry into the cause of Ledyard's death. iCONN OneSearch

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Westport Historical Society

25 Avery Place

Westport CT, 06880

203-222-1424 

http://westporthistory.org

 

Fairfield Museum and History Center

370 Beach Road

Fairfield, CT 06824

(203) 259-1598

http://www.fairfieldhistory.org/

 

 

Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library

One Elizabeth Street

Hartford, CT 06105

(860) 236-5621

https://chs.org

 

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