The moment that tipped the Battle of Groton Heights (September 6, 1781) from a battle to a slaughter is enshrined on this stone: The British commanding officer, Colonel William Montgomery, was killed as he clambered over Fort Griswold's southern wall at this spot. This enraged the British troops, who apparently expected the Americans to demurely step aside and allow Montgomery to enter the fort unmolested, then stand still as he hacked at them with his sword.

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