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Tryon's Raid to be brought to life at Westport Historical Society

Published 1:35 pm, Saturday, April 19, 2014
  • Maj. Gen. William Tryon, pictured here, led Tryon's Raid on April 27, 1777 in the Westport area. A talk on the historical event will be given on Saturday, April 26 at the Westport Historical Society. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News
    Maj. Gen. William Tryon, pictured here, led Tryon's Raid on April 27, 1777 in the Westport area. A talk on the historical event will be given on Saturday, April 26 at the Westport Historical Society. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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The Westport Historical Society will host a talk on Saturday, April 26, marking the 237th anniversary of Tryon's Raid, the Revolutionary War engagement that began with 1,500 British troops landing at Compo Beach.

The talk is set for 2 p.m. in the historical society headquarters, 25 Avery Place.

The four-day raid, which started on April 25, 1777, was led by Maj. Gen. William Tryon, who avoided an ambush of patriots on a bridge over the Saugatuck River, according to information from the historical society. The site of that crossing is now designated by a historical marker.

The lecture will be given by Ed Hynes of Westport, whose interest in the American Revolution dates to his childhood in Wilton, where he lived next to a home that was partially burned by Tryon's soldiers. Hynes will look at the raid in the context of the war and discuss the commanders and "things quite smart and not so smart" on both sides, including how the British outwitted the patriots on their return to Compo. There will be maps handed out to help attendees follow the action.

The incident highlights the extent to which local Colonists were divided for and against the Revolution and inspired the book "The Bridge Not Taken" by Wilton land surveyor Damon Greenleaf Duncan. The book is available in the historical society's gift shop.

The cost of the program is $5. For reservations and more information, call 203-222-1424.