Local historian Jim Bach will give a half-hour talk on The Battle of Ridgefield —the closest Revolutionary War battle to New Canaan- at the New Canaan Historical Society meeting Saturday, March 10 at 3 p.m.

In April 1775, New Canaan was a sleepy township of 900. The British army set off to destroy George Washington’s valuable medical and military supplies in Danbury.

The British succeeded but our boys caught up with the Redcoats in Ridgefield—10 miles from New Canaan—on their return trip to their boats in Norwalk.

It was a real authentic ‘rhubarb’ between King George III’s finest (Napoleonic veterans) and our largely rookie farmers.  

Bach’s PowerPoint presentation covers Canaan Parish boys and the early heroics of General Benedict Arnold at a time when Arnold was first on our side and before his ultimate treachery.

Jim Bach was born and raised in New Canaan.  His family dates back in town three generations to 1917.  

Bach serves on the Historical Society’s Board of Governors.  He is a frequent lecturer on town history.

The presentation is free to the public.

Refreshments will be served following the meeting.

The New Canaan Historical Society is located at 13 Oenoke Ridge.