|Death:||Died in Preston, New London County, Connecticut, United States|
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About Charles Chester
Defense of Fort Griswold:
"Charles Chester was born November 27 1756. His name does not appear in the list of killed and wounded but it appears from the family records that he was in the fort and was taken a prisoner to New York. Ebenezer Ledyard Esq brought him home soon after with others of the prisoners whom the British gave up.
Augustin Chester Esq., of Washington D C, his nephew, gives me the following account of Charles Chester's conduct in the battle:
"Charles Chester, seeing his two brothers killed, retained his gun, and seeing that the massacre was mostly with bayonets, had his gun loaded and remained on the breastworks, where his brothers lately stood, and as one of the soldiers approached him with his gun for a bayonet thrust, he retreated to keep out of his reach, then jumped on to the barracks, when the soldier snapped his gun at him, but it missed fire, when, in the language of the old man, as he told me himself, "I did shoot him down." Then an officer called to him from below and asked him if he was not going to surrender. He replied "Yes, if I can be protected, but not without". The officer told him to come down then and he should be protected. Seeing that this officer with some others were protecting all that came to them he went down and gave up his gun."
He married and lived in Preston where he died in 1829 at the age of seventy three"
source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ...
By William Wallace Harris, p. 239