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Farmington in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Lest We Forget

 
 
Lest We Forget Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 21, 2010
1. Lest We Forget Marker
Inscription.
Lest We Forget
In honor and grateful remembrance of our French Allies in the Revolution, whose army, under the command of General Count de Rochambeau, marched past this spot enroute from Newport and Providence, R.I., to join General Washington on the Hudson River in 1791, and again on its return from Yorktown, Va. To Boston, Mass., in 1782.

The main body of about 4000 men was composed of the Regiments of Bourbonais, Royal Deux-Ponts, Soissonnais and Saint Once, and the artillery. The regiments marched in the foregoing order on successive days from Providence, always keeping between each other the distance of a day's march. The artillery followed immediately in the rear of the second regiment. General Count de Rochambeau marched at the head of the main body and the regiments camped successively a little south of Farmington Village June 25, 26, 27 and 28, 1781. On its return the army marched in two columns, keeping between each other the distance of a day's march, and camped successively in the southern part of the village October 28 and 29, 1782.

A left flank guard of about 600 Hussars and light infantry, under the command of the Duke De Lauzun, marched from its winter camp at Lebanon, Conn., abreast of, and about fifteen miles from, the main body in 1781.

Maps of the marches and camp
Lest We Forget Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 21, 2010
2. Lest We Forget Marker
sites of the army and literature regarding our French Allies in the Revolution may be seen at the village library.

Erected by
Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth Branch, Connecticut Society,

Sons of the American Revolution.

1926

 
Erected 1926 by Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth Branch, Connecticut Society, Sons of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of the American Revolution, and the The Washington-Rochambeau Route marker series.
 
Location. 41° 43.562′ N, 72° 49.444′ W. Marker is in Farmington, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Farmington Avenue (Connecticut Route 4) and Main Street (Connecticut Route 10), on the left when traveling east on Farmington Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farmington CT 06032, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farmington and the Freedom Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Farmington (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pitkin's Basin (was approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); "American Board" (approx. 0.7 miles away); American Board of Commissioners For Foreign Missions (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rochambeau Route 1781-82 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Unionville Feeder Canal (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Legend of Will Warren’s Den (was approx. 1.9 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmington.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 869 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 30, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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