French Army Encampment Site
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This sign and marble monument are located about a tenth of a mile apart on Valley Road in front of the English Family Farm. The English family farm dates back to 1740 and is still in operation.  The sign and marble monument note the farmland as the location of the August 29, 1781 encampment of French troops under General Rochambeau, as they marched to Yorktown, Virginia. In Yorktown on October 19, 1781, they fought at the Battle of Yorktown, which proved to be the final and decisive major battle of the Revolutionary War. French troops would camp here again a year later, on September 9, 1782, when they returned from Virginia. 
1. ^ June Kennedy, THE ENGLISH FAMILY FARM Liberty Corner, Bernards Township narration given May 17,2004 at the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission Awards. The text of the speech can be read in a PDF posted on the English Farm website here.
2. ^ Robert A. Selig, Ph. D The Washington - Rochambeau Revolutionary Route in the State of New Jersey, 1781 - 1783 An Historical and Architectural Survey Volume I (Project Funding Provided by New Jersey Historic Trust Department of Community Affairs / State of New Jersey. Carl E. Nittinger - Project Director, 2006) p. xxvii. Available as a PDF here.
The survey states that the verification for this being the location of the encampment site is a "Campsite map from the journal of unidentified officer of the Soissonnais Regiment" which is owned by the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, and that the campsite map was reprinted the book The American Campaigns of Rochambeau's Army, 1780-1783: Volume II: Maps and Views by Howard C. Rice and Anne S.K. Brown.
Dr. Selig's survey has much detailed information about Rochambeau's route across New Jersey, and is recommended to those who would like to further study the march.
• The marble monument was erected by the Basking Ridge and Beacon Fire Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 2006