Rebels and Redcoats: The Aftermath of the Battle of Ridgefield


In April, 1777, war came to Wilton. After burning part of Danbury and destroying Continental Army supplies, British troops under General William Tryon marched through Wilton on their way back to Westport and their fleet. With a sudden alarm sent throughout Connecticut warning of a British invasion, many hastily assembled soldiers fought to repel the enemy from their homes. Opening on July 1, the Wilton Historical Society presents “Rebels and Redcoats: The Aftermath of the Battle of Ridgefield”, an exhibition which explores the actions of British, Patriots, and civilians involved in the Revolutionary War action known as the Raid on Danbury, with a particular focus on the march of British troops down Ridgefield Road through Wilton. Highlighting the exhibition is a letter between General Selleck Silliman and Major General David Wooster. Dated April 26, 1777, which may have been the last one sent by General Wooster before he was mortally wounded in battle the next day. The exhibition extends to October 30.

Click here to view the newest “History is Here” video on Wilton’s role in the Raid on Danbury