Battle of Groton Heights retold during tour of Fort Griswold

2 Jan 2024

Community Interest

Wearing his 18th century attire, David Rose asked the more than 30 people gathered at noon Monday at the gates of Fort Griswold to turn around and gaze at the landscape to the south and west.

Instead of the paved roads, trees, the Gold Star Memorial Bridge, houses, Electric Boat, Bill Memorial Library or even the tall granite monument that towers above the fort, Rose asked that they look out with 1781 eyes.

On Sept. 6, 1781, the lightly manned fort, perched on a hill overlooking the Thames River, was surrounded by treeless farmland, the river teeming with ships and flat New London landscape clearly visible.

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