Bach to speak on the Battle of Ridgefield

NEW CANAAN — Local historian Jim Bach, will give a half-hour talk on the Battle of Ridgefield — the closest Revolutionary War battle to New Canaan — during the Quarterly Meeting at the New Canaan Historical Society on March 10 at 3 p.m.

In April 1775, New Canaan was a sleepy township of 900. The British army set off to destroy George Washington’s valuable medical and military supplies in Danbury. The Brits succeeded, but the colonists caught up with the Redcoats in Ridgefield — 10 miles from New Canaan — on their return trip to their boats in Norwalk.

It was a real authentic “rhubarb” between King George III’s finest (Napoleonic veterans) and largely rookie farmers. Bach’s PowerPoint presentation covers Canaan Parish boys and the early heroics of Gen. Benedict Arnold at a time before his ultimate treachery.

Bach was born and raised in New Canaan. His family dates back in town three generations to 1917.

Bach serves on the Historical Society’s board of governors, and he is a frequent lecturer on town history.

The presentation is free. Refreshments will be served following the meeting.

The New Canaan Historical Society is at 13 Oenoke Ridge. For information, call 203-966-1776, or visit history.org