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    [Revolutionary War: Battle of Ridgefield] Major General David Wooster Letter Signed. Two pages including integral address leaf, written on recto of first page only, 6.25" x 7.5", "Reading, 26th April, 1777, 5 o Clock a.m." An American general in the American Revolutionary War, David Wooster died on April 27, 1777, while commanding American forces during the Battle of Ridgefield, Connecticut, near the modern-date city of Danbury.

    In preparation for an engagement Major General William Tyron's British forces at Ridgefield, Major General Wooster sent this brief letter to "Brigadier Gen. Wadsworth at Dunham," advising him of the enemy's movements and ordering additional troops for a battle which was to commence the following day. It reads, in full: "I am just arrived here with six hundred Men, the Enemy passed thro [sic] here at 1 o Clock this afternoon, their numbers, from the best [illegible] are about two thousand. We have every reason to apprehend they will destroy our Magazine at Danbury as there is very few Men there. It is thought they will return this way or take the road leading to Norwalk as there is a quantity of Stores at Wilton which lies on the Road. You will muster half your Brigade in detachments, as fast as they come in, to Saugatauck [sic] Bridge between Fairfield and Norwalk, & take posts on each side of the River. I am Sir, your Humble Svt, David Wooster, Major General." Along the left edge of the page he has added this post script: "A smoke arises this moment over Danbury which we supoze [sic] is from stores on fire."

    The Battle was a tactical victory for British forces. It also served as a strategic victory for American forces, due to the resulting extraction of British troops from the area and increased Patriot support. Following Wooster's death, James Wadsworth became Major General of Militia and the second-highest ranked militia officer in Connecticut. He served later as a delegate to the Continental Congress (1784).

    Wooster's letter, surely one of his last, is in remarkable condition, with minor wear at folds and faint soiling of address leaf. Matted and framed to an overall size of 19" x 14", this important battle letter is in very fine condition and ready for prominent display!

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    March, 2009
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