Benedict Arnold without the Eggs

Ridgefield, Connecticut (and Danbury CT)

With J.J.

October 1999


They say you can't go home again. But that doesn't mean you can't stop by occasionally. Which is what NOT did when he went with J.J. to visit where he grew up: Ridgefield, Connecticut. 


Ridgefield was the sight of the only battle of the American Revolution in Connecticut.  


There the American forces, led by General Israel Putnam and General Benedict Arnold (pre traitor days) faced British Troops returning to the coast after a raid upon Danbury. Benedict Arnold's horse was shot out from under him, and Putnam was mortally wounded, but the American's Prevailed. 

 


In fact, Danbury had it's own Paul Revere in the form of Sybil Ludington, who rode to warn colonists of the marching British approaching Danbury. 

In 1777, the British forces marched from Long Island Sound to seize and destroy supplies in Danbury. Sixteen year old Sybil was the oldest child of Colonel Ludington, who commanded the militia over the border in New York state. When news of the attacking forces reached the militia, it was necessary for someone to spread the work through the countryside to call the militia men to arms. Colonel Ludington needed to stay behind and organize the men as they arrive, and the messenger brought the word originally was exhausted, and unfamiliar with the area. So it was Sybil who rode 40 miles through the rainy night to spread the call. The militia was too late to stop the British at Danbury but proceeded to drive them back to the sound, with the Battle of Ridgefield occurring along the way. 


After all that history, NOT had to try and cool down with a dip in a fountain designed by Cass Gilbert, a Ridgefield resident who is a bit more famous for designing the U.S. Supreme Court Building. 


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