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Local historian and Norwalk Historical Society Board member Ed Eckert will present a slide lecture, “The Battle and Burning of Norwalk, July 11, 1779,” on Sunday, June 23, as part of the society’s “Remembering the American Revolution Lecture Series.”
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“The Battle and Burning of Norwalk, July 11, 1779” details the events of the day when British Maj.-Gen. William Tryon with 2,600 troops faced Maj.-Gen. Samuel Holden Parsons and his force of 1,100 Continentals and Connecticut militia in a series of spirited clashes and skirmishes on both sides of the Norwalk River.
Since 2003, Eckert and wife Madeleine have conducted in-depth research on the Battle of Norwalk and have discovered many new and intriguing facts about the event that culminated in the burning of the greater part of central Norwalk by the British, according to a news release.
Eckert intends to focus on this turning point in Norwalk’s history with visual representations and incorporating the latest information. This year marks the 240th anniversary of the conflict, most likely the largest single battle ever fought on Connecticut soil.
A reception will follow the lecture.
Norwalk Historical Society’s Mill Hill Historic Park Townhouse, 2 E. Wall St., Norwalk. Sunday, June 23, 2 p.m. $8. 203-846-0525.