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New Canaan’s Revolutionary War Heroes
March 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
The New Canaan Historical Society proudly presents, New Canaan’s Revolutionary War Heroes, another presentation by one of their favorite historians, James Bach, on March 13th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Lindstrom Room.
Jim will look back to 1776 when we were New Canaan Parish and our town may have had as many as 1,000 residents. Two hundred and nine of them saw service during the period of the Revolution (1775-1783) in the militia and/or Washington’s Continental Army. All of Washington’s northern battles from Bunker Hill to Yorktown had one or more Canaan Parish boys in harm’s way.
Three soldiers with New Canaan backgrounds stood out in the Revolution. Jim will highlight the three soldiers. One was a captain who went on to become a big land owner on Oenoke Ridge and to be the founder of the New Canaan Episcopal Church. The second hero reached the rank of Colonel and served as Washington’s chief spy with headquarters on Ponus Ridge. And the third, as a lowly platoon sergeant earned our country’s first and highest award for valor during the Yorktown defeat of Cornwallis.
Jim Bach was born and raised in New Canaan. His family dates back in town three generations to 1916. Jim has been very involved in the Historical Society including serving many years on the Society’s Board of Governors, researching and lecturing on Town history, as well as teaching young students.
You’ll not want to miss this half hour talk. New Canaan has some bragging rights that you’ll want to pass on to your families.
Refreshments will be served following the meeting.
Photo caption: The Badge of Military Merit given by Gen. George Washington to Sergeant William Brown, precursor to the Purple Heart.