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Suffern in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rochambeauís Encampment

1781 – 1782

 
 
Rochambeauís Encampment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Gross, August 8, 2010
1. Rochambeauís Encampment Marker
Inscription.  After crossing the Hudson, Commander-in-chief of the French army in America, General Jean-Baptiste Rochambeau, encamped here with his 5000 troops en route from Newport, R.I. to Virginia. Joining with Gen. Washington, the two armies hurried to Yorktown and forced the surrender of the besieged British General Cornwallis October 19, 1781. This devastating blow proved to be the final battle of the American Revolution. A year later the French troops returned and Suffernís Tavern again served as Rochambeau's headquarters.
 
Erected by the Historical Society of Rockland County, Suffern Chamber of Commerce.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, the New York, Historical Society of Rockland County, and the The Washington-Rochambeau Route series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is October 19, 1874.
 
Location. 41° 6.885′ N, 74° 8.976′ W. Marker is in Suffern, New York, in Rockland County. Marker is at the intersection of
Rochambeauís Encampment Marker Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 29, 2009
2. Rochambeauís Encampment Marker Site
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Washington Avenue and Lafayette Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Washington Avenue. Marker was located on the west side of Washington Avenue, just south of the Soldiers Monument triangle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Suffern NY 10901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. This Cannon “Independence” (a few steps from this marker); Soldierís Monument (a few steps from this marker); Horse Watering Trough (within shouting distance of this marker); Suffernís Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Suffern Grammar School (approx. ľ mile away); Suffern's Depot, 1841-1941 (approx. 0.4 miles away); American Brake Shoe Foundry (approx. 0.8 miles away in New Jersey); Indian Rock (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Suffern.
 
More about this marker. Marker was damaged and removed. The Historical Society of Rockland County Historical Marker Program is aware and is in the process of replacing the marker.
 
Rochambeauís Encampment Marker Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 29, 2009
3. Rochambeauís Encampment Marker Site
The remains of the base of the marker can be seen in this photo.
Site of Suffern's Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 29, 2009
4. Site of Suffern's Tavern
Rochambeau used Suffern's Tavern, located at this site, as his headquarters during the 1781 and 1872 encampments. It is located just north of the marker.
Washington & Rochambeau Route image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 29, 2009
5. Washington & Rochambeau Route
The route taken by Washington and Rochambeau during their march to Yorktown in 1781 is marked by signs such as this one, located about a mile away in Mahwah, NJ.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,501 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 8, 2010, by Paul Gross of Staten Island, New York.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 23, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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