Timed to coincide with the 240th anniversary of the Raid on Danbury, former Wilton resident Ed Hynes will speak at the Wilton Historical Society about the 1777 raid and the Battle of Ridgefield on Friday, April 28, from 12:30 to 1:30. Wilton state Rep. Gail Lavielle will offer introductory remarks. The event will include light Colonial fare. All are welcome.
In the spring of 1777 the British landed a force of 2,000 men on Compo Beach with the goal of confiscating or destroying the Patriots’ supply of tents and other provisions stashed in Danbury. As the British marched to Danbury, the Patriots mustered their forces under the command of Major Gen. David Wooster and Brigadier Generals Benedict Arnold and Gold Selleck Silliman. This presentation follows the British on their four-day raid, and the Patriots’ attempts to deny them safe return to their ships harbored in Long Island Sound.