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The Battle of Ridgefield April 27, 1777


Located in western Connecticut, just to the north of New York City, the Anishinabek were still waging war on the whites of the Ridgefield region in 1777. From their ships, the English landed at Compo Beach with a force of 2,700 soldiers. Their military plans called for a march towards the Danbury and Ridgefield region, where there were numerous Anishinabe soldiers, who were still a major threat to the whites of the Connecticut and New York City regions. After about one day of marching the whites made it to Danbury and fought off a small group of Anishinabe soldiers. After the news of the surprise English attack was received, the Anishinabe military commanders ordered a force of their brave Anishinabe soldiers to proceed to the region where the military engagement took place. However, they learned the large English military force was heading south towards Ridgefield to probably go back to their boats. The English may have only wanted to destroy Indian supplies. Anyway, the Anishinabe military force caught up to the retreating English military force at Ridgefield where a battle was fought. Since the English outnumbered the Anishinabe soldiers and were better armed, they eventually defeated the smaller Anishinabe military force at the battle at Ridgefield. Someone snitched on the Anishinabek, who had been raiding white supply posts for months, in order to get food and European weapons of war. White casualties were 340 killed, wounded, and captured.




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