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Call to Arms: The Patriot Militia in the 1777 British Raid on Danbury, Connecticut

In this new book about the British Raid on Danbury, Connecticut in 1777, Steve Darley includes an extensive rooster of 58 companies from towns in Connecticut and New York, consisting of 1,026 American patriots who participated in the skirmishes fought to stop the British from returning to their vessels after destroying supplies in Danbury.

Included in the book are a variety of accounts of the events that took place from April 25 to 28, 1777. The accounts include pension applications, journals, letters and memoirs, as well as contemporary newspaper accounts. New information on the ride by Sybil Ludington as well as the “Paul Reveres” who were responsible for the Call to Arms in Connecticut is presented. The book contains an updated listing of the men who were killed at Ridgefield, Connecticut, and examines the marker relating to the burial of eight Patriots and 16 British soldiers on the battlefield. Also included is an in-depth look at the life and career of General David Wooster, who was killed at Ridgefield.

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Award for Call to Arms

Honorable Mention Award from Connecticut Society of Genealogists in their 2015 Literary Award Contest. Presented at the Society Annual Meeting on May 16, 2015.

Reviews of Call to Arms

Connecticut Genealogy News, Summer 2015. p. 25.
“This book is a worthy read not only to expand the reader’s knowledge of the Danbury, Connecticut environs and how their men fought to stop the British, but also to flesh out a genealogist’s narrative with exciting skirmish accounts... This is a book that can be read simply for the pleasure of historical reading or one used by serious researchers.“

Connecticut History Review, Fall 2015. pp. 314-316. Review by Joshua Truelove, Central Connecticut State University
(Published twice annually by The Association for the Study of Connecticut History, a non-profit organization established to promote the scholarly study of Connecticut history)
“The book’s biggest strength is that it is meticulously researched and features a wealth of primary source material... Anyone interested in Connecticut or American Revolution history will find Darley’s work useful.”