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Naval Bombardment of Stonington Point, CT - Aug 9-12 1814
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GAGELSIE
N 41° 19.641 W 071° 54.320
19T E 256856 N 4579169
Quick Description: Four ships of the British Royal Navy bombarded Stonington Point for three days in August, 1814, in preparation to invade, but failed.
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 7/24/2010 5:53:18 AM
Waymark Code: WM9ATT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
Views: 10

Long Description:
Stonington repulsed two navan bombardments. The first was during the American Revolutionary War. The second and most devastating took place during August 9-12, 1814. Four ships of the line, HMS Ramillies, HMS Pacctolus, HMS Dispatch, and HMS Terror, took part in the assault but failed to invade the town. The townspeople sent a note to the commander, Sir Thomas Hardy that reads:

"We shal defend the place to the last extremity; should it be destroyed, we shal perish in its ruins."

The only American casualty was a gravely ill, elderly woman. The British suffered heavy casualties and withdrew on the third day.

Paraphrased from Stonington, Connecticut on Wikipedia.
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The monument stands on the south end of a stone and concrete retaining wall surrounding a parking lot at the end of Stonington Point. The monument looks over the lovely Long Island Sound.

The monument is inscribed with:

THIS IS TO REMEMBER

HERE THE BRAVE MEN OF STONONGTON
DEFEATED A LANDING FORCE FROM
HIS MAJESTY"S SHIP "RAMILLIES"
BENT ON BURNING THE TOWN AND ITS SHIPPING
AUGUST 10, 1814.

The Warden and Burgesses of the
Borough od Stonington

DEEDED BY U. S. Govt. 1932 Erected 1956
Date Erected/Dedicated: 1956

Who put it there? Private/Government?: Uniyed States Government

Location/Address:
Stonington Point
Stonington, CT USA
06378


County/Province: New London, CT

Hours or Restrictions if Appropiate: From: 12:00 AM To: 11:59 PM

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