Revolutionary War Battle of Ridgefield Covered in New Hampshire Newspaper

The State Journal or, the New-Hampshire Gazette, and Tuesday Liberty Advertiser. Exeter, NH: May 13, 1777. No. 52. 2pp, 9.75 x 15.25 in. Extremely rare Revolutionary War newspaper containing two-column long, detailed report of the Danbury Raid, also known as the Battle of Ridgefield, CT. 

Continental Army Generals David Wooster, Gold S. Silliman, and Benedict Arnold commanded a combined force of approx. 700 Continental Army regular and irregular local militia forces. Near the town of Ridgefield, they engaged a British invasion force of 2000 under the command of General William Tryon. The main battle was fought on April 27, 1777, and when it was over, the Americans reportedly killed or wounded 200 British soldiers and captured 40 more. Their losses included 20 killed and 80 wounded. Although the raid on Danbury and actions in Ridgefield were deemed British successes, the arrival of American forces in the area would discourage the British from ever again attempting a landing by ship to attack any inland Colonial strongholds.

The issue also contains a complete printing of a letter from British General Cornwallis to General George Washington concerning an exchange of prisoners between the two sides. 

Complete, single sheet issue. 


Light folds. Very minor areas of toning. Light corner/edge wear to issue, including few short tears. Inked notations on issue. 

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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