UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: 237 years ago on July 7, 1779 over 2,000 British troops invade Fairfield

Thursday, July 7, 2016

237 years ago on July 7, 1779 over 2,000 British troops invade Fairfield

At the end of both Sasco Hill Road and South Pine Creek Road areas, on July 7, 1779  the British landed (in whaleboats and in privateers). On that foggy day of July 7, 1779, approximately 2,000 enemy troops landed and proceeded to invade the town. When they left the following evening, the entire town lay in ruins, burned to the ground as punishment for Fairfield's support of the rebel cause. Ten years later, President George Washington noted after traveling through Fairfield, that " the destructive evidences of British cruelty are yet visible both in Norwalk and Fairfield; as there are the chimneys of many burnt houses standing in them yet."

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