French forces under General Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, camped right here from June 20 through June 24, 1781, their sixth camp on the option to White Plains.

French forces under General Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, camped right here from June 20 through June 24, 1781, their sixth camp on the option to White Plains.

After the camp in Bolton, the next end of French forces on the option to White Plains was at East Hartford, where in actuality the troops enjoyed a couple of days of remainder. The Bourbonnais occupied the campsite close to the Connecticut River from June 22 through June 24; the Saintonge utilized the website from June 25 through 27. The Royal Deux-Ponts camped beside them from June 23 through June 25, although the Soissonnois camped over the road from Bolton from June 24 to June 26 on today’s Silver Lane.

Grenadier, Soissonnois Regiment of InfantryCourtesy Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University, Providence, RI

Joseph O. Goodwin states that “Rochambeau ended up being quartered at Squire Eliza Pitkin’s house during the south-west part of Main and Pitkin Streets in East Hartford (relocated in 1953 to 173 tall Woods Drive in Guilford), perhaps not not even close to the old conference household, that has been utilized as being a medical center through the sojourn for the military. … Other officers that are french at both private and general general general public homes,” such as for example Richard Pitkin’s Tavern (there is certainly a indication in the Green in the intersection of Parker Street and Porter Street in Manchester, erected 1973) “and tales associated with dances, barbecues, and cattle roasts were told locally for quite some time. The Abbé Robin, a Catholic priest because of the army that is french reported that with this encampment he stated the very first Catholic Mass within the State of Connecticut, which may happen almost certainly on Sunday, June 24, 1781.

After being kept in the home of James S. Leia mais