From Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons
Redding [Conn.] 9th July 1 o’Clock P.M.
I have this Moment arrivd here after a Tour of Sixty Miles Since 11 o’Clock last Night: The few Militia at New Haven behavd exceeding well, repulsd the Enemy several Times & considerable Loss was sufferd by the Enemy; they burnt a Number of Houses at East & West Haven & plunderd New Haven: they have destroyd Fairfield, almost every House: the Abuses of Women, Children & Old Men are unparaleld: they imbarkd from Fairfield Yesterday and pasd over Sound but there’s Reason to think they design an Attack on Norwalk & the other Towns.1
Genl Wolcott has recd an Express informing that about 4000 of the Enemy are in Possession of Horseneck & marching Eastward. I have wrote to Col. Moyland & the Small Number of Infantry desiring them to march to the Coast, I hope it will be agreable to yr Excellency’s Intentions2 I hear Nothing of Glover’s Brigade:3 is it possible to send 1000 Conl Troops? they will serve to Steady the Militia & render them a4 formidable Body: I will write you from Norwalk where I shall be this Night.5 I am yr Excellency’s Obedt Servt
Samuel H. Parsons
3. For the ordering of Brig. Gen. John Glover to march his brigade from Rhode Island to the Highlands by a route close to Long Island Sound to support Connecticut militia responding to British raids on that state, see GW to Glover, 8 July; see also GW to Parsons, that date, and to Glover, 9–10 July.
4. Parsons inadvertently wrote “are” on his manuscript.