On Saturday, August 17, we met at historic Fort Griswold in Groton Heights, Connecticut. Fort Griswold was at the center of the Revolutionary War. Several of our Gallup ancestors answered the call and fought in the Battle of Fort Griswol in 1781.
The Battle of Groton Heights, also known as the Battle of Fort Griswold is an important chapter in the Gallup family story. As one of the founding families in the area, the Gallups were lucky during the Battle of Groton Heights. On September 6, 1781, “more than half of the 158 men and boys who were at Fort Griswold were killed in the British attack of the garrison. Nearly all were wounded.” Of those surviving the attack, twelve were Gallup men.
The Gallup family returned to this important historic site in Groton, Connecticut to celebrate and honor the Gallup family heritage on the grounds of the Bill Memorial Library adjacent to Fort Griswold. The event included a special tour of the Fort.