French Infantry Campsites 10 (south), and 41 (north) at Caleb Baldwin’s Tavern in Newtown

Location

32 Main St.
Newtown, CT 6470

Who?:  French
Units:  Bourbonnois, Soissonnois, Saintonge, Royal Deux-Ponts plus campaign artillery consecutively
Direction:  Both
Destination:  White Plains, New York and Yorktown, Virginia (French infantry) in 1781, Boston, Massachusetts (French infantry) in 1782
Date:  June 28-July 1, 1781, and October 24-26, 1782
Public Access:  No
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French troops camped here from June 28 through July 1, 1781 (Camp 10 since departure from their first camp in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 18, 1781), on their way to White Plains. Numerous French officers stayed at the tavern, e.g., Commissary Blanchard who preceeded the troops and arrived in Newtown, “a hundred houses with two temples” on June 23, 1781, a Saturday, and lodged near one of the “temples,” most likely “Baldwin’s Tavern” which sits near Trinity Church.