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Photographer: Michael Herrick
Taken: July 28, 2010
Caption: Detail from the Marker
Additional Description: Four Day Procession
On June 26, 27, 28 and 29, 1781, Rochambeau's army marched south through Southington from the preceding campsite in Farmington. The army proceeded down what later became known as Queen Street and Main Street. At "The Corner" – later known as Plantsville, where the roads to Farmington, Waterbury and new Haven converged – the army turned west toward the next campsite in an area of Southington later known as Marion. One of the French officers, comte de Clermont-Crèvecoeur, in his journal, noted that "The roads were quite good, and the day not very tiring." The following day's march, over the steep roads from Marion to Middlebury, was different. He reported, "Numerous mountains and rocky roads delayed the arrival of the artillery until after three in the morning. Our horses could do no more, so we had to commandeer all the oxen we passed and go far afield to find others in order to reach camp with our guns. Many of our wagons broke down. We never had a worse day, considering the fatigues and misfortunes we encountered."
Submitted: July 30, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
Database Locator Identification Number: p120101
File Size: 0.241 Megabytes
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