The Battle Of Ridgefield
The Battle of Ridgefield was a Revolutionary War battle fought in Ridgefield, Connecticut, on April 27, 1777. The British, lead by governor William Tryon, destroyed a Continental Army storage house and it's supplies on April 25, 1777. By the time Benedict Arnold, David Wooster, and Gold Silliman raised 700 men, the storehouse was gone. Twice the Americans attacked Tryon's forces of 1,800 and six cannons on their march back to their ship. On the first attack, the British Army was taken by surprise. On the second attack, however, Tryon was prepared. Tryon's forces mortally wounded David Wooster, and he died five days later. Eventually, the militia was forced to flee, but not without killing many British. The total losses were: Continental Army; 20 dead, 40-80 wounded. British: 104-154 dead and wounded, 40 captured. Some consider Major General David Wooster a forgotten hero of the Revolution. Wooster has had schools, public areas, and even cities named after him. For example, Wooster, Ohio and Wooster college.