Editor’s note: This is the seventh of eight columns provided to The Press in lead-up to the Battle of Ridgefield re-enactment Saturday, April 29.
The thunderous explosion tore through the apple orchard’s cart that had been wedged amongst the other equipment and effects of the Ridgefield farmers. Jonathan Nickerson had grown up pretending that apple cart was one of her Majesty’s naval destroyers and he the captain. More recently he had just replaced a broken wheel! Now the royal marines were bearing down on him through its shattered remains, two abreast, their muskets held at the ready.