The 1777 DANBURY RAID and the BATTLE of RIDGEFIELD: Talk by Ed Hynes, introduction by State Representative Gail Lavielle


Timed to coincide with the 240th anniversary of the Raid on Danbury, Ed Hynes will present a talk about the 1777 raid and the Battle of Ridgefield at the Wilton Historical Society on Friday, April 28 from 12:30 – 1:30. Wilton’s own State Representative Gail Lavielle will provide 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 Patriot’s 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 attempt to deny them safe return to their ships. As the conflict nears its conclusion in present day Westport, you will feel the white-knuckle emotion of the men on both sides fighting for their lives and their countries

Edward Hynes, CFA is a native of Wilton, CT and lives in Norwalk. He and his wife have traveled extensively to various battlefields around the country and overseas. In addition to his interest in history, Ed works as a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor in Westport, Connecticut.

Members of the Wilton Historical Society, free; Non-members $10
Please register: or call 203-762-7257
The Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897