Danbury During the Revolutionary War

Danbury During the Revolutionary War (HM1DL8)

Location: Danbury, CT 06810 Fairfield County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 23.314', W 73° 26.788'

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- The Museum in the Streets -

— Danbury, Connecticut —

On April 26, 1777, 2,000 British soldiers, under the command of General Tryon, marched into Danbury. The town was a supply depot for military stores.
A Corps of Artificers; skilled craftsmen, such as blacksmiths, were formed into special military units and had camps in town, as well. These men provided the Continental Army and the Colonial Militia with items needed in camp or on the battlefield. A military hospital was also located here.
General Wooster set out for Danbury after news reached him in New Haven. Sixteen-year daughter, Sybil, rode through the night mustering New York militia to the home of her father, Colonel Henry Ludington.
Fearful that their retreat might be cut off, the British set fire to several buildings and marched out of town on the morning of April 27th. Property belonging to local Tories was spared.
Nineteen dwelling houses, the meeting house, twenty-two stores and barns were consumed by flames. 3,000 barrels of pork, over 1,000 barrels of flour, several hundred barrels of beef, 1,600 tents, 2,000 bushels of grain, and army carriages were lost.
Wooster and his men pursued Tryon and his men along the Ridgebury Road.
Mortally wounded while rallying his troops, Wooster was brought back to Danbury where he died and was buried with military honors.
Rochambeau passed through Danbury in 1781 leading 4,800 troops to Yorktown. These very men were a decisive factor in bringing about the defeat of the British and victory for the colonies. On the return march, they camped near South Street and Shelter Rock Road.
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Placed ByDanbury Museum & Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 10:40am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 629886 N 4583057
Decimal Degrees41.38856667, -73.44646667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 23.314', W 73° 26.788'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 23' 18.84" N, 73° 26' 47.28" W
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Area Code(s)203
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 49 Main St, Danbury CT 06810, US
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