m. 22 Sep 1724
Facts and Events
Amos Lester answered the alarm for the British attack on New London Ct on 6 September 1781. He took part in the defense of Fort Griswold and was struck in the hip by a musket ball. After the British captured the fort the wounded were rolled down the hill in an artillery cart by the British soldiers. The cart ran away further injuring the wounded men. Amos was permanently crippled and received a veteran's pension. His cousins, John and Jonas Lester, died from bayonet wounds in the battle.
The raid on New London was planned and led by Benedict Arnold. Amos and John had been personal friends of Arnold when he was growing up in Norwich CT. Arnold suggested the raid on New London because it was a haven for American privateers and he was intimately familiar with the town and its defenses. The garrison of the fort were massacred and the town was burned. Arnold was long remembered by the people of the area.