Editor’s note: This is the fifth of eight columns provided to The Press in lead-up to the Battle of Ridgefield re-enactment Saturday, April 29.
After seeing the skies darkened by the thick black smoke from Danbury, 15-year-old Jonathan Nickerson joined General Wooster’s small band of 440 Patriots, and began his march home to Ridgefield. A craftsman by trade, he fit into the eclectic group comprised of a few of his neighbors and hundreds of men he’d never met from Upper Salem, New Haven, and Massachusetts. During a brief rest, the cartridges from Peekskill were portioned out. Only a few made their way into Jonathan’s hands. He was grateful to feel the weight of the waxed paper cartridges.