Col. Charles Armand (1751-1793)

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Colonel Charles Armand Tuffin, Marquis de la Rouërie
Charles Armand Tuffin, Marquis de la Rouërie.
Digital Collections, The New York Public Library

Armand, Col. Charles (1751-1793), officially, Charles Armand Tuffin, Marquis de la Rouërie, was a French cavalry officer and wealthy French nobleman who fought with colonists during Revolution; In summer 1779, he established a barracks for his Partisan Legion near the intersection of Barrack Hill and Old West Mountain Rds. from which his men attacked the British and protected patriots in Westchester and Putnam Counties. Some of his cavalrymen also patrolled the area to apprehend marauders, deserters, rioters, stragglers, and other soldiers found guilty of violating the General Orders.

Silvio A. Bedini, Ridgefeld in Review, 1958.

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A Fairfield County native and graduate of Holy Cross, Jack Sanders retired in 2014 after 45 years as an editor of The Ridgefield Press. He’s written nine books on history and natural history, including Wicked Ridgefield, Ridgefield Chronicles, Hidden History of Ridgefield published by The History Press, The Secrets of Wildflowers (Lyons Press), Hedgemaids and Fairy Candles (McGraw-Hill), and Five Village Walks (Ridgefield Historical Society). He also created and administers the 10-year-old Old Ridgefield group on Facebook, which has more than 6,000 followers. He and his wife, Sally, a retired newspaper editor who is on the board of the Ridgefield Historical Society, live in a 250-year old farmhouse in Ridgefield.