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Battle of Stonington - Aug 9-12, 1814

 
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Z-man



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 9:54 pm    Post subject: Battle of Stonington - Aug 9-12, 1814 Reply with quote

In honor of the anniversary of the battle of Stonington, I thought I'd post a couple of picture's of the cannon used to defend the town. These are pictures of the 2 18-pdr's used to defend the town in 1814 - and they're still there!

The British had a squadron of 5 vessels:
Ramillies (74 guns)
Pactolus (38 guns)
Dispatch (20 guns)
Nimrod (20 guns?)
the bomb ship Terror - 2 sea mortars (10 inch and 13 inch).

Hardly a fair fight, but somehow the villagers and militia held the British off with just these 2 guns!



The local Stonington light house museum has artifacts from the battle including various shot, shell, and fragments on a congreve rocket. Note that this was the 2nd time the town was attacked by the British. The town was bombarded by the HMS Rose in 1775.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:45 pm    Post subject: Spanish American War battery Reply with quote

Chris

Do you have any info on the location of the SAW Bty in Stonington?

Thanks
Gary
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

None - I think the 1814 work was located at the SW corner of the old factory (Monsanto?). Seems likely they would have built in the same spot. There is a slight rise in elevation there - anything further south would be flat and open. Very unlikely anything remains now.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just read in the local paper that the cannons are being removed for restoration - link here

http://waterstreetweb.com/id124.htm
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Progress Update - From The Stonington Times (aka The New London Day...)

Preserving the Past: Effort underway to restore Cannon Square grounds and cannons
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From this week's Stonington Times





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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The guns & carriages have been fully restored and are now back in canon square!

http://www.theday.com/article/20100804/NWS01/308049868/1018
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