When we look across
the ThamesRiver at the idyllic GrotonHeights,
it is difficult to imagine the blood shed, courage, and despair that took place
on those ramparts during the only battle of the Revolutionary War fought in Connecticut.One person who has been able to imagine those
horrifying events is Tom Ratliff, the author of the Fair Wind of Liberty, a short story set during that 1781 battle,
which was led by the infamous Benedict Arnold.
Mr. Ratliff's story, which was serialized in the New London Day, is now being expanded
into a book length adventure story through a grant from the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for
Public Giving.Mr. Ratliff has said,
"I am excited about the prospect of seeing the story published as an
historical novel for young and teen readers".
Tom, who teaches Connecticut History and the Principles of
Education at CentralConnecticutStateUniversity, is currently
writing a book about Connecticut
history for middle school-aged students.He has stated that his "goal as a writer and as a teacher is to get
everyone to love history the way I do."
He will be the featured speaker at The Friends of Fort
Trumbull on Thursday, August
25, 2011, at
at the FortTrumbullConferenceCenter, 90 Walbach Street,
New London, CT.
The public is welcome to attend this free presentation.Free Parking is available just inside the