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150. Tableau de la marche des Brigades de Bourbonnois et de Soissonnois partant du Camp de Hunts Taverne un jour de distance l'une de l'autre our se rendre a East-Hartford, undated


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Field Sketch for the Map of Camp at Farmington. This rough pencil sketch of Farmington appears on the verson of a memorandum noting the timetable and distances for the march of the two brigades from Hunt's Tavern to East Hartford, 22-31 October 1782. It provides an unusual example (the only one known to the Editors) of Berthier's rapid on-the-spot notations that he later worked up into finished maps. Other such field sketches were presumably made day by day as a cumulative record of the camps and marches of the army. The training of the topographical engineers emphasized quick and accurate observation in circumstances that precluded the use of regular surveying instruments. The reconnoiterer must then count his own paces, or his horse's, to determine distances from point to point along the road. As he proceeds he must observe and note roughly on his paper "rivers, brooks, canals, bridges, fords, ravines, swamps, mountains, woods, wayside shrines, mills, gallows, and anything else he meets up with." He must sight such distant landmarks as towers, belfries, and windmills in order to establish the direction of the road. And, if time allows, he should also go up into some high building and sketch the surrounding country.


Maps are arranged chronologically by sequential packet number.


These papers are housed in the original red portfolio cases (and order) in which they were presented to the Library in 1939.

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This collection was word-processed by Anna Bialek in July and August of 2005. Finding aid written by Howard Rice in 1957.

During 2022, restrictions for this collection were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

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150. Tableau de la marche des Brigades de Bourbonnois et de Soissonnois partant du Camp de Hunts Taverne un jour de distance l'une de l'autre our se rendre a East-Hartford; Louis-Alexandre Berthier Collection, C0022, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Separated Materials

Relation de l'Escadre Française, aux ordres du Cher. Destouches, & de l'affaire qui a eue lieu le 16 Mars 1781, entre cette Escadre & celle des Anglais, commandée par l'Amiral Arbuthnot was transferred to rare books (1081.755 EX).


MS, No. 40 [Rice/Brown, pp. 189-190] A standard textbook, Dupain de Montesson's L'Art de lever les plans, in a section entitled "Des reconnaissances militaires, ou faites à vue" (2nd edn., 1775, pp. 176-178), discusses a typical situation faced by a reconnoiterer such as that described above.

France. Armée
Rochambeau, Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de (1725-1807)