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Posted on Jul 24, 2006 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Walk Where They Fought: Path to Victory!

By Barnet Schecter and Robert A. Selig

Tour Section 3 – New York

Leaving Connecticut, Rochambeau’s army entered New York and rendezvoused with Washington’s forces near White Plains. The allies then crossed the Hudson River and proceeded southward toward New Jersey.

For a calendar of events in New York, contact Jim Johnson at milhistr -at- frontiernet.net.

Bedford: Bedford French Army Camp

Mt. Kisco: Leonard Park Plaque and North Castle Meeting House Plaque Armonk: Captain John Smith Tavern

Croton-on-Hudson: Van Cortlandt Manor

North Tarrytown: Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow Church and Philipsburg Manor

Scarsdale: Philipsburg French Infantry Camp

Hartsdale: Philipsburg French Artillery Camp; Colonel John Odell House (museum) and Plaque; Joseph Appleby House Lot; and Philipsburg Continental Army Camp

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Yonkers: Valentine Hill Marker

Bronx: Rose Hill Manor House; Fort Independence French Camp; Valentine Varian House; Van Cortlandt House; and Van Cortlandt Park Continental Army Camp

Dobbs Ferry: Dobbs Ferry Monument

Tarrytown: Tarrytown Land-Sea Battle Marker

Yorktown: Pines Bridge French Army Bivouac; Hunt’s Tavern; Samuel Delevan House Site; and Hallock’s Mill Brook Site

Van Cortlandtville: Old St. Peter’s Church and Cemetery Marker

Peekskill: Peekskill Continental Army Camp; Daniel Birdsall House Plaque; and Peekskill French and American Army Camp

Cortlandt: Fort Lafayette Marker; Fort Lafayette French Army Camp; and King’s Ferry Marker

Stony Point: Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site

Haverstraw: Joshua Hett Smith Home Marker

Stony Point Village: Haverstraw French Army Camp

West Point: United States Military Academy

Suffern: John Suffern Tavern Plaque and Suffern French Army Camp Marker

Hillburn: Sidman’s Bridge Tablet

Newburg: Washington’s Headquarters (Hasbrouck House)

New Windsor: New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site

Tour Section 4 – New Jersey

The allied forces crossed New Jersey by some 20 different routes:

1. Route of the Left (eastern) Column of the Continental Army to Springfield

2. Route of Major Sebastian Baumann’s Detachment

3. Route of Right (western) Column of the Continental Army to Chatham

4. Route of the Center Column of the Continental Army to Springfield

5. Route of the French Army to Trenton

6. Route of the Right (western) column of the Continental Army to Trenton

7. Route of the Center Column of the Continental Army to Trenton

8. Route of General Washington to Trenton

9. Route of General Rochambeau to Trenton

10. Route of the Rear-Guard to Trenton

11. Water Route of the Continental Army from Trenton to Philadelphia

12. Water route of Rochambeau from Philadelphia to Chester

13. Route of Commissaire de guerre Granville in September 1781

14. Route of the Return March of the Light Infantry and Artificers

15. Route of the Return March of the Artillery and Sappers and Miners

16. Route of the New York Regiments into New Jersey

17. Route of the New Jersey Regiments into New Jersey

18. Route of the Return March of the French Army through New Jersey

19. Route of the Return March of Lauzun’s Legion through New Jersey

20. Route of the March of Lauzun’s Legion through New Jersey to Delaware in November and December 1782

21. Route of Rochambeau to Baltimore via Newton, Hackettstown, Baptistown and Philadelphia for Baltimore and France in December 1782

The following are the sites to see along the main routes:

Ridgewood: Old Paramus Reformed Church

River Edge: Zabriskie-Steuben House

Springfield: Presbyterian Church with Statue of Reverend Caldwell and Historic Marker; Cannon Ball House; Swaim House; and Sayre Homestead

Ringwood: Ringwood Manor with Tomb of Robert Eskine and Segment of the “Secret Road,” and Long Pond Iron Works State Park and Museum

Pompton Plains: Marker on Newark-Pompton Turnpike; Ponds Church Marker; and Pompton Meeting House

Mahwah: Hopper Grist Mill Marker; Laroe-Van Horn House and Marker; Hopper Family Cemetery; Henry O. Havemeyer House Plaque and Continental Army Campsites Monument; Ramapo Valley Road Marker; Continental Soldiers Memorial Highway Markers; John Bertholf House and Mill (now called Amberfields); Garret Garrison House; and Garrison-Chapman House and Farm

Oakland: Demarest/Hopper House; Demarest House; Jacob Demarest House; Hendrick-Van Allen House and Mill and two Markers; and Van Winkle/Fox Hall

Wayne: Schuyler-Colfax House

Chatham: Campsite Marker; Morell House; Bonnell Homestead; and Shepard Kollock Printing House

Lincoln Park: Dod’s Tavern (still standing) and Widow Jacobusse House (the house no longer stands on the site)

Montville: Doremus House and Marker

Parsippany: Beverwyck Plantation (only an archaeological site now)

Whippany: French Campsite and Marker at First Presbyterian Church

Morristown: Peter Kemble House Site; Washington Headquarters; F. Gerald New House; and Jockey Hollow

Bernards: Van Dorn Mill

Basking Ridge: Widow White Tavern Site Marker and Lord Stirling Home Site

Liberty Corner: Bullions Tavern and French Campsite Marker

Bridgewater: Van Veghten Home and Marker

Millstone: John Van Doren House and French Campsite

Griggstown: Marker at crossing of Millstone River; Black Horse Tavern; and Red Horse Tavern (these are private homes today)

Princeton: Nassau Hall; French Campsite; Morven (Richard Stockton House); Markers on Monument Drive; and Thomas Clarke House-Princeton Battlefield

Trenton: King’s Highway (toward Trenton); Trenton Victory Monument; William Trent House and Museum; Old Barracks Museum; and Trenton Landing (ferry site for crossing Delaware River)

Rochambeau’s detour en route to Chester, PA:

National Park: Red Bank Battlefield Park with Fort Mercer Commemorative Monument

Borough of Paulsboro: Fort Billingsport

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1 Comment

  1. Can you please edit your comment under the picture of the Artillery above Section 9. These are not British uniforms, but Continental Artillery; they have light blue field pieces (a color established by BG Knox) the yellow hat trim of artillery (lasted up though the War of 1812) , and the black faced with red coats of the Ist Continental Artillery.

    I have been in the Artillery since 1975 and can send you references if you need them.

    Thank you,

    Ralph S. Siegrist
    LTC, PAARNG
    Rear Det Commander
    1-108th FA BN

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