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          On April 27, 1777, American militiamen in Connecticut numbering less than a 1000 fought approximately twice their number of British troops led by New York's royal governor, General William Tryon, following their raid the weapons and munitions at Danbury, Connecticut.  The British landed at Compo Beach, encountered resistance about a mile to the north, successfully destroyed the depot in Danbury, and prevailed after three engagements in Ridgefield.  General David Wooster succeeded in the first surprise attack in taking 40 prisoners; an hour later, in his second attack, he was repelled and mortally wounded.  General Benedict Arnold and General Gold Silliman made a stand in Ridgefield but in the third encounter, were finally forced to withdraw.  Though Arnold tried to assemble a defensive position to attack the British as they made their way back to their landing point, that failed following a successful British move.  The battle, not particularly well-known outside its area, was a "defeat" for the Americans, achieved nothing of lasting value for the British but to the contrary, further aroused Patriot feelings in the area.

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Battle of RidgefieldBattle of Ridgefield

Left to Right, Top Row: Ridgefield (Minuteman statue in Compo Beach area), Ridgefield (Keeler Tavern, the Patriot headquarters, and site of Green opposite), Ridgefield (where Wooster was mortally wounded)
Left to Right, Bottom Row: Ridgefield (site of final skirmish on ridge), Ridgefield (site of Danbury Raid), Ridgefield (Wooster Monument and grave)

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