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March Date #4, Tuesday, June 20th

Greetings Friends of Amty.

The troop is setting out early today, they are headed for the 'hump' we are calling it, going from Camp #3 in Plainfield, to Camp #4 in Windham, Conn. Again they shall follow the 14 road, through Plainfield, Canterbury, Scotland and into Windham, at the Shetucket River.......

After the morning repast, and the good book words, the troop steps off going due east on the 14 road. The baggage train is left behind briefly, in order to instruct the students of Plainfield in the Military arts and a brief explanation of this 'particular expedition', as the good General Rochambeau called it.... after addressing approx. 150 students and teachers, we move along the same road to find the troop.. They are already some 6 miles out when we catch them and offer a succor of water and mild meals, they again are sans Regimentals and the pace is noticably quicker, they must be getting their 'marching legs'..........the weather seems to have lessened into something more tolerable, the temps are cooler and a good breeze seems to be with us. They have set off at 7:25 this morning

The first major break is in Scotland, atop the highest hill there, at Farmer Charles.........we converse a bit, talking of the tough time for the farmer then (and now)......I manage to leave my dispatch case there, but it shall catch up with me soon, perhaps in a couple of days... the troop is moving much more quickly than anticipated an I must alert the good folks down route as to these developments....we pass the Huntington Homestead in Scotland, home of arguably the very first President of the United States...but not to tary, we move along, with a lunch break scheduled for a bit later....right after we have reached the summit of the last hill (mountain, seems like to me, and I am not walking). Tis a moment to find a spot for the troop to have refreshment safely, at Windham Pond. I see the finest of Red Barns, south of the 14 road. Tis but an alluring piece of ground, so tantalizing that I can not resist. I search out the proprietor, with the help of Janet, the grounds person, and inquire as to availability of the Gazebo for lunch for the troop. In true New Englan pineapple fashion, she quickly agrees. The troop arrives and we set a long spell, enjoying the serenity of such a natural painting. Many thanks to the Innkeepers, David and Elmina, for your kindness......

But we can't tarry to long and too soon we are off to Camp #4, in Windham. As we arrive in the small Village of Windham, we are met by a group of the Towns people, led by Bev York of the Textile Museum ( a veteran of the New England Wagon Train of '76') offering the very best of wishes for the success of our campaign........we repair to the home of Innkeeper David Haines and wife Janet, for the evening. We are visited by many from the Town, while there, and have a moment to share a repast with the Innkeeper, mostly of chicken and some rice, with beverage supplied. Several of the local Anglicans come about to appear at this Catholic Army of French men, and women.......

The local radio station, WILI, has been on board for awhile and it seems that 'buzz' is starting to rise....the locals are as fascinated by us as we are by them. Capt. Mike, of the Southern Army cooks a dinner (get OUT of my kitchen), and much conversation again insues, much to our delight... it is here that we meet the Schumbo Family and more on them in a later dispatch...

Evening falls, and so do we, after 13.2 miles over the Connecticut Eastern hump, arriving at Camp #4, Shetucket River, Windham, Ct. at approx. 4:00 of the Clock in the Afternoon......

Richard
For, 'AMtY'
Camp #4
Windham, CT