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11. Danbury's Role in the American Revolution

Retrace your steps to Main Street. Take a left on Main St. (Rte. 53) passing the Soldiers Monument that stands at the intersection once known as Concert Hall Square. The women of Danbury raised the funds to erect this Civil War Monument that was unveiled in 1880.

Continue to drive along what was once known as Danbury's Green. Today this oasis of grass and gardens, fountains, walking paths and benches is called Elmwood Park. During the American Revolution, Danbury was an important military supply depot for the Continental Army. On April 26-27, 1777, the British under Major General William Tryon burned and looted the city destroying the Continental Army's depot of munitions and food. Today Elmwood Park commemorates this incident. The park also has a memorial to the victims of 9/11.

The American General David Wooster was mortally wounded at the Battle of Ridgefield by the same British forces that had attacked Danbury. Wooster waylaid the British and completely routed them on a back road on their way to Ridgefield. This encouraged the New England Colonists to band together even more enabling them to defeat the British at every point after this creating a turning point in the Revolutionary War. General Wooster, the first American General to die in this War was buried in Danbury's Wooster Cemetery, and Wooster School in Danbury is named in his honor.