The Arnold Expedition arrives in Ipswich, September 15, 1775

Stories From Ipswich and the North Shore

This memorial sits in the intersection between the South Green and the site of the former South Congregational Church in Ipswich. It reads, “The expedition against Quebec, Benedict Arnold in command, Aaron Burr in the ranks, marched by this spot, September 15, 1775.This memorial sits in the intersection between the South Green and the site of the former South Congregational Church in Ipswich. It reads, “The expedition against Quebec, Benedict Arnold in command, Aaron Burr in the ranks, marched by this spot, September 15, 1775.”

In September, 1775, Gen. Montgomery set out from Lake Champlain to take Quebec from the British forces. Another force of Continental Army troops set off from Cambridge, MA with an infantry of riflemen under the command of 20-year-old Col. Benedict Arnold. Aaron Burr, sick with fever in Cambridge, heard about Arnold’s Expedition, and raising himself up, declared he would go at once to join them.

The force of 1100 men marched along the Old Bay Road, followed by wagon trains carrying their camp equipment. They camped at Beverly on the 15th, and reached Ipswich during the day. The riflemen with their fur caps and deerskin jackets were surely a strange site for this old Puritan town as they marched across the newly-constructed Choate Bridge. They arrived in Newburyport at…

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