This August marks the 185th anniversary of the Battle of Stonington [written in 1999], the encounter during the War of 1812 when a substantial British naval squadron attacked a small coastal village... . On August 12, 1814, having failed to do whatever it was they intended to do, the British withdrew. ...Still, the story of the battle was trumpeted about the nation, one of the few instances of heroism in a war largely lacking either victories or heroes.
From the first anniversary, August 10 , the second day of the battle, has served as the centerpiece of Stonington's own unique holiday, often celebrated with greater fervor than Independence Day itself.
The New York Times weighed in on the 1883 celebration.
A defender of Stonington featured on this blog.