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Anthony Austin, great great grandfather to Stephen Fuller Austin (Austin, Texas fame).
This copy of The Connecticut Magazine in 1905 contains a dramatic and graphic description of the battle This issue of The Connecticut Magazine contains a vivid and heartrending description of the woes of the defenders of Fort Griswold in 1781 toward the end of the Revolutionary War. It concerns the Battle of Fort Griswold and the way that the townsmen of Groton defended against the 800 British troops under the leadership of the traitor, Benedict Arnold. This article is not the complete picture of the battle, but the personal story of the Avery families that fought and died or were severely wounded. The title of the article is "The Hive of the Averys." In the family of Elder Parke Avery, he lost two sons, Jasper, 37 and Elisha, 26 and a grandson, Thomas age 17. Two more sons were severely wounded. Lt Parke Avery Jr lost an eye with a bayonet thrust and his brother, Ebenezer Avery suffered from his wounds for the rest of his life. His wife's nephew, Capt William Latham was also wounded and imprisoned. Capt. Latham's 12 year old son was captured and held by Benedict Arnold and rescued by his mother, Eunice Latham. Thus, one family suffered huge losses. This battle took place on September 6, 1781 long after the fall of Yorktown. Benedict Arnold was ordered by the British to destroy the towns of New London and Groton , Connecticut . Benedict Arnold had grown up in the neighboring town of Norwich and knew many of these people personally. His army succeeded in burning most of New London and part of Groton. Over 80 local men died in the Battle of Fort Griswold.