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On April 25, 1777, British forces land at the mouth of the Saugatuck River with plans to attack Danbury. General William Howe had ordered Major General William Tryon, royal governor of New York, to destroy the Continental military supplies stored there. Tyron’s force of about 1,800 men marched to Danbury, where, late on April 26, they burned 20 houses and a number of storehouses and barns.
“Map - Gov. Tryon’s Expedition to Danbury, 1777.” ca 1777. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.