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March Date, Thursday, July 6th, Day 20

To Philipsburg, or bust........

Late reveille' this day. Tis to be a short final march to Odell House (Rochambeau's Headquaters) and Camp 14, at Philipsburg (Greenburgh, NY). Camp 13, at Smith Tavern, is secured and the baggage train moves off, to be in a carriage park a short distance from Headquarters. The troop steps off late, at one of the afternoon clock, with Frank as our guide, bringing us along the safe path.

We stop at Battle Whitney Park, scene of an overwhelming British victory just a few short years ago. We pass unmolested by the enemy, in fact it is safe enough to lunch here, and we do. Some of the locals are astounded to see us here and the tension is starting to grow.

We move off for the final two miles and arrive at the Odell House at approx. 3:30 of the afternoon clock. The carriage and baggage train is left at headquarters and we all move forward, on foot, another 1/2 mile or so, to Camp 14 at Philipsburg (Greenburg, NY). The camp is laid out on gently rolling hills, on high ground.

Huzzah, huzzah, huzzah>>>>>> almost anticlimatically, in fact. We are glad to be here, but the feelings are mixed, for sure. Perhaps it has not settled in yet, but indeed, we are here, Philipsburg, Day 20.....

We toast the end of this part of the March with the same bottle of Cognac that we started with back in Providence. A toast to the journey, our friends along the way, and to ourselves. We join hands, we are safe, we are home, we are there.......here. We shall be joining forces with friends shortly, against the enemy, only the future, yet unwritten, will describe the path that may lay ahead.......

(final notes on Camp 14, Philipsburg.......the Camp 14 at Philipsburg now lies on ground that is the Sunnydale Golf Club, a private club, in fact. The club, is approx. 100 yrs old, and I supppose this is one way to maintain, and preserve America's Heritage, perhaps not the best way. There is a plaque on the Club House wall explaining that this is the location of the French Army Camp of 1781. After we had put the carriages in the park, we all walked the final distance together, through some woods path, over some side roads, and a final woods path to the camp........I suspect it was worth the price of admission, when lo and behold, five Colonial clothing clad folks walked out of the woods and onto the practice driving range tee, there. The looks on the club members faces will last a lifetime, their incredulity and amazement at the sight before them...us. We did go to a less conspicuous place to take our portraits....... Mike was quick enough to pick up a hand full of those little white balls we found in the woods, and passed them out as souveniers.......220 something miles and we get a little white ball as a prize.

The day was not over, the Washington Carriage had a broken wheel that needed repair.and the good people of Greenburgh were kind enough to have us march in a short parade, with all of our flags flying. We were joined by the local Boy Scout/Explorer troop, as well as by the Greenburgh Fire Department, and Town Dignitaries, and by Col. Jim Johnson, representing the W3R Organization. You might remember that we received, a fortnight ago, from the good folks in Southington (Marion), Ct., a number of Regimental Flags made by the Girl Scouts there. We mounted the flags on poles and had the Boy Scouts, and Explorer Scouts carry them in our litle parade (see portraits of the last day). The Greenburgh folks were also kind enough to serve us a cook-out dinner, and asked us to address a Representative Town Meeting, which we did. We spent the last night of this phase of the March to Yorktown, encamped at the Odell House, Rochambeau's Headquarters while at New York, in 1781.

The Original March, from Newport/Providence, RI to Philipsburg, NY happened just 225 years ago to the day that we did the same, using the French Army Schedule of 1781. The French left Providence on June 18th and arrived at Philipsburg on July 6th..we did the same. At that time, the French and American Armies met together around New York, and conducted operations against the British there, for some 6 weeks, before decamping for Yorktown, Va., on Aug. 18th, 1781. We will again follow the Army schedule and decamp Philipsburg on Aug. 18th. Until then we will be sending dispatches concerning combined operations around New York, on or about the day that they happened, some 225 years ago. Yorktown is the Goal, Victory is the plan.......this is the March, that Won a Battle, that Ended a War. Stay with us won't you........)

Oh yes, and thanks for your support of America's March to Yorktown.....

Richard Swartwout
Camp 14
Philipsburg, NY