French Infantry Campsites 5 (south), and 46 (north) in Bolton

Location

266 Bolton Center Rd
Bolton, CT 6043

Who?:  French
Units:  Bourbonnois, Soissonnois, Saintonge, Royal Deux-Ponts Regiments of Infantry plus regimental artillery
Direction:  Both
Destination:  White Plains, New York and Yorktown, Virginia (French infantry) in 1781, Boston, Massachusetts (French infantry) in 1782
Date:  June 21-25, 1781, and November 4/5, 1782
Public Access:  Yes
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French troops camped in Bolton from June 21 through June 25, 1781, their fifth camp since departure from their first camp in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 18, 1781, on their way to Hartford and White Plains. They also camped here again on November 4/5, 1782, their forty-sixth camp since departure from Williamsburg, Virginia, on July 1, 1782, when marching in two-regiment brigades. Rochambeau lodged and dined in the Rose Farm at least twice: on June 20, 1781, and again on November 4, 1782. That night, Dr. Ezra Stiles, president of Yale University, recorded in his diary: “Lodged at Bolton, where we saw the first Division of the French Army march for Providence. There were counted 170 Waggons of Artillery, filling the Rode fr. the Meeting house to and which is one Mile, besides those we passed yesterday: there were as supposed above 100, so that the Baggage Waggons and Artillery judged 300. Gen. Rochambeau visited us in Eveng at Rev. Mr. Coltons.” There is a historic marker by the side of the road identifying the camp.