|Captain David Wooster|
During the War of the Austrian Succession (King George's War in America), the colonists of New England waged a bitter struggle against the French in Canada and Nova Scotia to their north. Wooster was commissioned a captain in command of a company in Colonel Andrew Burr's Regiment. Coincidentally, Burr was the uncle of Aaron Burr. He took part in the campaign against the mighty French fortress of Louisbourg. Captain Wooster distinguished himself enough to be named as part of the escort of prisoners back to France when the fortress finally fell. His journey took him to Britain where his achievements were celebrated in the press. Wooster met the King and received for his service a commission in Sir William Pepperrell's Regiment (a regular British army regiment) that included a pension for life. In 1748, the Treaty of Aix la Chapelle ended the war and Wooster returned to civilian life in Connecticut.
|The siege of Louisbourg,|
the most powerful fortress in French America
|Jeffery Amherst at Ticonderoga,|
the land between the waters
for that strategic place between the waters.
|Rebels stopped cold at Quebec|
|Governor William Tryon|
That placed him at the center of the action for the Danbury April 1777 raid launched by New York's Governor Tryon. At the time, an arc of territory stretching from southeast Connecticut through the Hudson Valley and Highlands was a no man's land of bitter fighting on both sides. Danbury was a key rebel base in that struggle. Leading a force of regulars and Loyalists in a swift landing at Fairfield, Connecticut, Tryon's column over 2,000 strong marched north towards the rebel arsenal at Danbury, looting and burning patriot homes along the way. They reached the arsenal and destroyed it on April 26th.
Learning of the attack, Wooster and General Benedict Arnold had rallied around 600 Connecticut militia who tried to stop the British at Ridgefield as they returned south to the coast near Compo Point. Arnold, took the main body of troops to block the British advance while Wooster lead a small detachment of them the British rear. His undisciplined troops could not stand up very long against the regulars and they soon broke. Wooster's fire was up though and he tried gallantly to rally his men. However, a British cannon fired canister and a shot pierced his side and struck his backbone.
|Battle of Ridgefield - Arnold and Wooster|
could not stop Tryon's forces
The battle continued in sporadic skirmishes as the British retreated to the coast. But they carried the gravely wounded old warrior back to Danbury. Before he died on May 2nd, his wife and son had been sent for. They arrived soon enough to receive his parting blessing. The gallant old Patriot told them that he was dying, but "with strong hope and persuasion that his country would gain its independence."
|Monument to Major General David Wooster|
in Danbury, Connecticut