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Hubbel’s Descent on Connecticut

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.

April 20.—Day before yesterday, Captains Hubbel and Ives, with the assistance of other spirited loyalists, manned eight whale boats, and left Lloyd’s Neck, with an intention to make descents on the coasts of Connecticut. At sunsetting they discovered a schooner at a mile’s distance, on which they immediately gave chase, but the weather being hazy, and the schooner favored with a strong southerly wind, got into Newfield harbor, notwithstanding every exertion to prevent it; she was pursued so close to the shore, that several long shots passed between Captain Hubbel’s party and some rebel militia who came down to protect the schooner.

Captain Hubbel then rowed to the eastward, determined to attack the fort near New Haven; and so well was the plan conducted, that they landed in the night about a quarter of a mile from the fort, and proceeded in such perfect silence, that they gained the centre of the parade, secured the sentry, and surrounded the barracks before the rebels knew of their approach. After forcing the door and entering the barracks, one of the rebels discharged his musket, and thereupon was instantly killed. The rest of the party, eleven in number, surrendered prisoners. Captain Hubbel then ordered the platforms to be burnt, cut down the flag-staff, and effectually destroyed two French (double fortified) nine-pounders, set fire to the barracks, and to every thing that would burn. The rebel colors, with the prisoners and eighteen stand of militia arms, were brought off, and the party returned to Lloyd’s Neck without sustaining any loss.1


1 The prisoners were carried into New York.—Gaine’s Mercury, April 30.