French Army Campsites 32 (south), and 22 (north) in Bushtown


Abingdon, MD

Who?:  French
Units:  Bourbonnois, Soissonnois, Saintonge, Royal Deux-Ponts Regiments of Infantry plus regimental artillery and Lauzun's Legion consecutively
Direction:  north
Destination:  Yorktown, Virginia (French Infantry) and Gloucester Courthouse (Lauzun's hussars) in 1781, Crompond/Yorktown Heights, New York and from there to Boston, Massachusetts (French infantry) and winter quarters in Wilmington, Delaware (Lauzun's Legion)
Date:  September 10/11, 1781 and August 25-28, 1782
Public Access:  1

All four of Rochambeau’s infantry regiments (minus the grenadiers and chasseurs, incl. those of Lauzun’s Legion, embarked at Head of Elk), bivouaced at Bushtown on September 10/11, 1781, their thirty-second camp since departure from their first camp in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 18, 1781. The hussars of Lauzun’s Legion accompanied the Wagon Train and artillery to its crossing of the Susquehannah at Bald Friar’s Ford. On the return trip on August 25/26, 1782, they established a regular camp, Camp 22 since departure from Williamsburg, Virginia, on July 1, 1782.