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March Date, Saturday, July 1st, Day 15

Ceremonial day, we move to Camp at Ridgefield (Camp 11)

Well, I arise early. The troop is still under and I wait a bit before yelling Reveille'. We are to be a part of the Town Ceremonials, and we must have the Camp down early. A 6:15 we are stirring and the Scout camp is abuzz....

We are back on the March this day for 16 miles, with a late start. We must go to Ridgebury, the last camp on the w3r trail in Connecticut. But for this morning, duty awaits. We have agreed to do the ceremonials at 10:00 of the Clock in the Morning. This is a remarking of the stay of the French Cavalry, under Lauzon, on this date in 1781. Richard O., our host is the master of ceremonies.

The camp is stowed, we set out the sutlery in the hope of enhancing our coffers as we approach New York........ the ceremony goes smoothly, and we are joined by the 2nd Horse, with Major Arena Commanding. They are resplendent in full regalia, Blue Regimentals sitting ahorse. Their appearance draws ooohs and ahhhs from the crowd.. We look a pitiful, but proud site as we form Company in front, and lead them to the ceremonial stone.....

The ceremony proceeds, the Flags are raised, the Anthem sung (beautifully), we fire a musket volley, and retire to the shade as the Horse follows..the politicians all take equal opportunities, and we take the moment to send the troop back to the Camp at Newtown, to step off. We keep the sutlery open, and engage the publick for a short while thereafter........

We finally take our leave of Monroe, and look to the route to locate the troop, and we find them some miles out, ready for lunch. Because of the late start of the day, this will be a long march (16 miles) and we will arrive late in the evening, at Ridgebury, where we have as yet, no Camp arranged.

The boys are stopped along the way, to say hello to a WW II Veteran, and they do so.........

They are also found by a local newspaper and the word again, is apparently starting to spread. We needle our way through the Towns of Danbury and Ridgefield, now searching for a camp for the evening. The Brigade of the American Revolution is having an encampment just down route from the original French Camp and I stop in to see if we may be welcome there. After a fashion, it is agreed that we might stay in the parking lot, which is OK with me. However, looking at the entrance, it is decided that we will not be able to manuveur the Washington (some 50' long) into the parking lot. At the last moment I stop in at the Ridgefield Country Club, A Publick golf course in town, and they agree to let us stay the night in their lot. Tis a great place, atop the artillery hill, with a sky full of stars and a mixed mileau of food offerings. It has been a long day and a long march for the troop. Sarah, from Rogers Rangers stops in to say hello...... Mike C. has joined us this day, and manages a 4-5 mile stretch this day, before taking some time off. He decides he will stay a couple of days and we agree. The pace is hard, and it may take a while for him to get up to speed, but he is game, and willing, as are we......

I spot a couple of shooting stars as we gather at the days end, 'tis sack time methinks, and I am off......

Richard Swartwout
For, AMtY
at Camp 11
Ridgefield, Ct
www.marchtoyorktown.org