Different Clinton, but a cheap trick to get you to read the post!
Today marks mark the 237th anniversary of the attack and burning of Bedford which was carried out by about 400 British troops led by Lt. Col. Samuel Birch under the orders of General Henry Clinton.
The Historical Society penned an article in 2004 about the raid but here’s the important paragraphs from the article:
On July 2, 1779, Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton under the order of Sir Henry Clinton, British Commander, led 360 mounted British and Hessian troops on a lightning attack from Mile Square near Yonkers through Bedford to Pound Ridge. There, Tarleton planned to surprise Col. Elisha Sheldon’s 2nd Continental Dragoons and capture Col. Sheldon. However, Sheldon was waiting for Tarleton and with the support of the militia eventually pursued Tarleton and his troops to what is now Mount Kisco. Tarleton did report burning a few houses that day, one in Bedford belonging to Benjamin Hayes because the colonists persisted in firing upon Tarleton from their houses. After the attack on July 2, George Washington sent more troops to Bedford but these troops were quickly sent to Connecticut when the British mounted a large attack on the coast. On July 11, 1779, while the American forces were engaged in Connecticut, 400 enemy horsemen came up to Bedford and burned every house except one. Military reports and newspapers told very little of this raid, only that Bedford was burned that day.
Bedford was founded in 1680 but the homes and businesses in the Village then were burned down in 1779. One building survived.
Classic Bedford Village architecture thrives today and being a steward of one of the historic homes on The Green is a rare privilege.
The Historical Society has also created a fun exhibit in and around town called Outside the Box, Bringing History to Life. I haven’t spied all the life-size photos yet but I did stop this weekend to photograph two.
Here’s one from my 50th high school reunion….I’m the wiseacre girl in the front row, far left, feet crossed, rolling her eyes. Some things never change.
I plan to run into town today to see if any Brits are running around with matches to recreate the event and to make sure NO Clinton’s are around either. One can never be too sure!
Happy Monday. The weekend weather was dreary and dismal. Thanks for participating in the Open Thread.