About 507 Litchfield’s Soldiers served in the colonial army. In November 1776 a company of Litchfield volunteers under the command of Captain Bezaleel Beebe marched into New York. Thirty-six of those men were sent to reinforce the garrison at Fort Washington (Below) which sat on what is today the Manhattan end of the George Washington Bridge.
However the Litchfield men, along with 2,600 men stationed at the fort were forced to surrender. All of the Litchfelder’s were eventually released in a prisoners exchange a month later but only 11 of the 36 made it home to Litchfield. They were the lucky one. In all, aside from those who were killed in battle, 20 Litchfielders men died while on the British prison ships.