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March Date 6, Bolton to East Hartford, Ct

Greetings Friends of AMtY.........

Tis a beautiful morning here on the high ground at Bolton, Ct., Camp #5....we awake to what seems to be a promise of a beautiful day. I am up early, as is my want, it seems, lately. I am awaking earlier than usual for some reason but does not seem disagreeable.......some of the troops are sleeping a bit later this am, yesterdays 18 mile effort starting to take its toll, I gather...David is still going along well, Mike is having a bit of hamstring trouble and Dave a bit of a blister problem, but none are debilitated yet. Again, Hans, Pam, Sue and the rest of the Bolton Historical Society come thru with an early hearty breakfast at 7:00 of the Clock in the Morning. We are under way at 7:30 and todays walk should be a mild grade down to the Connecticut River and its Valley.....We put our hands on the Bible, a tradition we started at the beginning of the march, to pray for a safe journey through the day that awaits......and step off follows quickly. The troop puts on their Regimentals for the first time in days as we think perhaps the day will be cool and dry, as it seems now....they look terrific. But not two miles down the raod, the temperature and humidity change and the coats come off. Seems the effort is hard this morning, the weather not co-operating, the troop tired from yesterdays forced march, the late night conspire to rob the troop of its energy this day. We encounter Seth Johnson, and his young boys, Corbett and Luke, at the Faith Baptist Church on the 44 road, moving toward Manchester, his conversation is good and he gives 4 gallons of waer, as well as ringing the Church Bell as the troop passes ( I really like this Bell Ringing Idea, how can we get that to happen all down the route?)......wow, that would really be terrific, aye?.........

.......shortly thereafter we meet Mark, and then the energetic Sue of the Manchester Historical Society. They are really happy to meet and chat, offer liquid refreshment, and support all the way through the Manchester town...... they point out some RevWar graves along the way and moments are given in respect. We have been doing this all down the route.....

......Betty and Bill Knose, of the East Hartford Historical Society, meet us about lunch time, and have their refreshment team up and running. The French Army took two days rest in East Hartford, before crossing the great Connecticut River, and we shall do the same......it starts to rain, mercifully, we think, but the day is a pot-boiler of steam heat, sun, rain, haze, and general low barometer uncomfortable feeling. The troop appears to be dragging a bit and tis' well understood......... they are not hungry, that concerns me, but they are taking liquids. I chat with
east Hartford Police Officer Paul Sulzicki for a spell, he is a history fan and we discuss the Yorktown Campaign.....I go to the Commerce Center very near the River and await the arrival of the troop, While doiing so I am finally able to post the first 3 reports to headquarters, as seen on this list .........

Betty and Bill have made arrangements for the troop to stay at East Hartford's Martin Park, beautiful grounds but all we can see is the wading pool, and we eventually go in, to dispel the ugliness of the day....ah, relief at last.... the park holds a soccer field as well and what with the World Cup going on, there seems to be a thriving soccer community here.......Nurse Rose offers up a pasta dinner in hopes of reviving the carb level of the troop....and, then, much to our delight, we are given copies of the Willimantic Chronicle, where we were featued on the Front Page for two consecutive days... but, we do not stay up late this night.....

Richard Swartwout
For, 'AMtY'
Camp 6
East Hartford