Ridgefield in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
This is one of 11 informative panels that mark the French route south through Connecticut from June 19 to July 2, 1781 and on the return north October 23 to November 9, 1782.
Linking with the Continental Army
Rochambeauís troops camped in Ridgefieldís Ridgebury Parish on July 1 and 2, 1781. It was their eleventh and last camp in Connecticut before crossing the border into New York and joining the Continental Army near what is today White Plains, New York on July 3, 1781.
Deployed on the ridge to your right was his advance guard of chausseurs and grenadiers under Major Alexandre de Berthier. The Hussar Legion of duc de Lauzun took North Salem Road eight miles to the
Before leaving for New York, Rochambeau celebrated his 56th birthday in Ridgebury at the Ensign Samuel Keelerís Tavern. The next morning, a Sunday, one of Rochambeauís regimental chaplains led a Catholic mass for the French troops.
After the success at Yorktown, Rochambeauís army returned north in the fall of 1782, passing through the area before reaching camp in Danbury October 23-24.
Local Lives were Touched
Rochambeauís army supply wagons were often driven by hired civilians, including 17-year-old Thomas Boughton of Ridgebury. He accompanied the French to Yorktown, over 400 miles from his hometown, and witnessed the British surrender on October 19, 1781. He returned home the next year with his pay of $75 in French silver. He soon married his childhood sweetheart, Rebecca Coley. Together they raised five children on their farm. Boughton was buried in the Ridgebury cemetery when he died in 1846.
On July 1, 1781, Rochambeau and his officers stopped for water at the homestead of Stephen Norris, which still stands along the road linking Danbury and Ridgefield. That morning, Abigail Norris had delivered her sixth child. In honor of the French mission, Norris family history states the child was named after Rochambeauís cavalry officer, duc de Lauzun. Town records show succeeding generations
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Washington-Rochambeau Route marker series.
Location. 41° 20.841′ N, 73° 31.671′ W. Marker is in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Ridgebury Road and Old Stagecoach Road, on the left when traveling south on Ridgebury Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ridgefield CT 06877, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ridgebury Congregational Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ridgebury – George Washington Slept Here (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gen. David Wooster (approx. 3.1 miles away); Place Where Wooster Fell (approx. 3.1 miles away); North Salem World War I Memorial (approx. 3.9 miles away in New York); Settlerís Rock (approx. 4 miles away); Titicus: An Industrial Center (approx. 4 miles away); a different marker also named Settlers Rock (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ridgefield.
More about this marker. Several pictures appear on the marker. The Berthler Portrait has a caption of “Louis Alexandre Berthier
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,860 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.