Lunch and Learn: Exploring the Life of Lt. Colonel William Ledyard

Tuesday, October 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

History remembers that notable day when Lt. Colonel William Ledyard was killed in the Battle of Groton Heights in 1781.  But what about his life prior to that fateful day?

John Steward, writer of Tossing Lines,  is on a mission to fill in the missing pieces of the Colonel’s legacy. Join us virtually as Steward explores Ledyard’s personal and business world in order to better understand who he really was as national events guided his life and destiny. What did this merchant, legislator, husband, and father of nine, really have to lose when he was brutally killed by the sword in Connecticut’s only Revolutionary War battle?

This virtual program is free. To secure a spot, register now. You will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom link attached, and we will send you a reminder on the day of the program.

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About the speaker

John Steward writes Tossing Lines, a monthly newspaper column published in The Day’s nine weekly regional Times editions, and published online at  Though now a Waterford resident, John grew up on and around Fort Griswold, becoming a long-time student of the fort’s history. He has written several columns with unique perspectives on Colonel William Ledyard, his wife Anne, and the Battle of Groton Heights.

Image: David Wagner mural in the lobby of the City of Groton Municipal Building depicts the death of Col. William Ledyard during the Battle of Groton Heights.


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