French Army Campsite 28 (south) in Chester


Chester, PA

Who?:  French
Units:  Bourbonnois, Soissonnois, Saintonge, Royal Deux-Ponts plus campaign artillery and Lauzun's Legion consecutively
Direction:  north
Destination:  Yorktown, Virginia (French infantry) and Gloucester Courthouse, Virginia (Lauzun's hussars)
Date:  September 5/6 (First Brigade) and 6/7 (Second Brigade), 1781
Public Access:  1

The First French Brigade spent the night of September 5/6, 1781, on this campsite in Chester, their twenty-eighth camp since departure from their first camp in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 18, 1781; the next morning it marched on to Wilmington, Delaware. The Second French Brigade occupied the same site on the night of September 6/7, 1781.