French Infantry Campsites 6 (south), and 45 (north) in East Hartford


Elizabeth Shea Park; 201 Silver Lane
East Hartford, CT 6118

Who?:  French
Units:  Bourbonnois, Soissonnois, Saintonge, Royal Deux-Ponts Regiments of Infantry plus regimental artillery consecutively
Direction:  Both
Destination:  White Plains, New York and Yorktown, Virginia (French infantry) in 1781, Boston, Massachusetts (French infantry) in 1782
Date:  June 22-26, 1781, and October 29 to November 4, 1782
Public Access:  Yes
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The plaque commemorates the sixth camp of Rochambeau’s forces since departure from their first camp in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 18, 1781, to White Plains and the fact that French troops were paid in the vicinity. However, it only identifies Camp 6 of the Regiment Soissonnois; the other three regiments camped nearer the river. French Camp 45 since departure from Williamsburg, Virginia,on July 1, 1782, on October 29 to November 5, 1782 was also in this location.