MOUNT MORIAH

On April 27th, 1854 was dedicated to the memory of General David Wooster who succumbed to a bullet wound on May 2, 1777 during the attack on Gen. Tryon's British troops that had burned 19 buildings of Danbury as suppliers for the patriots of the revolutionary War.
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Dibble House
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In 1776, Wooster was appointed a major general in the militia of Connecticut in the American Revolutionary War. Wooster had supervisory control of all military supplies that were stored in houses near the town of Danbury. General Tryon of the British army planned to attack Danbury in order to capture Wooster's supplies. On April 27, 1777, Wooster attempted to head off General Tryon's advance in the nearby town of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Wooster attacked Tryon's forces with 700 new recruits but Wooster was forced to retreat. Wooster suffered a fatal wound when he attacked Tryon's forces. Wooster was taken to the Dibble House in Danbury where he died five days later on May 2, 1777. Wooster's finals words were, "I am dying, but with a strong hope and persuasion that my country will gain her independence."
Being inexperienced militia, and the enemy having several field-pieces, our men, after doing considerable execution, were broken and gave way. The General was rallying them when he received a mortal wound. A musket ball took him obliquely, broke his back-bone, lodged in his stomach and could not be extracted. His sash was spread out as a blanket and Dr. Turner dressed the wound in the field. Wooster was then carried from the field to a waiting carriage and slowly transported him to Danbury. He was taken to the Dibble house on South St.wher a few hours earlier had been Gen. Tryon's headquarters. A doctor came from New Haven to attend to Wooster. His wife and son arrived from New haven only to watch for 3 days as suffered in agony until overcomed with unconsciousness. He died on May 2, 1777. on April 27th, 1852, his remains were taken from Wooster St. burial-ground, and deposited in Wooster.
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The Danbury Cemertery Association was created in November of 1850 as a result of a State law regarding cemeteries. The shares were $25 a share and there were 60 original shareholders. The first officers were Frederick S. Wildman, President; Lucius P. Hoyt, Secretary; with 6 Directors: Edgar S. Tweedy, George W. Ives, Nelson L. White, S. A. Hurburt, Henry Benedict, and Samuel C. Wildman.
The first land was purchased in December of 1850 . I t consisted of 16 acres purchased fromWilliam H. Clark for $300 and another 51/4 acres from Colonel E. Moss White for $80. Later in November of 1867 the association purchased 35 more acres at $35 per acre from William Agustus White. And so the journey began that brought us to the present cemetery of rolling hills and diverse landscapes, hosting a variety of religions and international ethnicity. It has also become a natural habitat fostering an array of animals and birds creatinf and ecological friendly "green area."
Today, a monument 30 feet high marks his final resting place. General Wooster is buried in the Wooster cemetery on Mount Moriah, which dates from the middle of the nineteenth century. Wooster's monument is surrounded by a stone and iron railing. The monument is heavily carved with a variety of military and Masonic symbols, as well as classical Greek motifs. Among extensive information carved into the monument is this quote, "Of his country Wooster said, 'my life has ever been devoted to her services from my youth up, though never before in a cause like this - a cause for which I would most cheerfully risk and lay down my life'."
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In 1896, the Cemetery Assoc. completed this Memorial Chapel. It is Pompeian brick, with interior wood finishings, and a tile floor. There is a bronze plaque naming George W. Ives, Edgar S. Tweedy, and Frederick S. Wildman as the 3 citizens who created and nurtured this quiet setting of eternal rest.


In 1866 stone columns were erected at the entrance
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2008, the Memorial Chapel houses the Administrator/ Sexton
Robert Young
For the Danbury Cemetery Assoc. ,Inc;
20 Ellsworth Ave., Danbury, CT 06810
Telephone: 203-748-8529 or Fax: 203-794-0188
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