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    Sunday, June 16, 2024

    Straightening out local history

    I'm writing regarding the Nov. 8 article by James Littlefield, titled "A Local Traitor Was In Our Midst During WWII," I look forward to doing some more research of my own on that subject, but it's the reference to the Sept. 6, 1781 British attack of New London and Groton I'd like to straighten out. British regulars were landed in Groton under the command of a Colonel Eyre and Major Montgomery. Eighty-five Americans were killed at Fort Griswold. Long Island Loyalists, led by Benedict Arnold, landed on the New London side and burned the waterfront houses, wharfs, ships and anything else they thought might be of use by the Americans. NO Americans were killed on the New London side. Obviously, the British didn't trust Arnold with their own troops, but they did trust him to be in charge of American loyalists. At least that's the version I've read about, and it makes the most sense to me, too.

    Don Presley

    New London

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