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Group IDs French soldier buried in large Revolutionary War cemetery in NY's Hudson Valley


FISHKILL, New York — A historical preservation group working to protect a large Revolutionary War cemetery in New York's Hudson Valley says it has identified a French soldier known to have died there.

The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot says a researcher found the soldier's name among French military records that list him as having died in 1781 while marching with American and French forces headed to Yorktown, Virginia.

Fusilier Jean Bonnaire is the 86th soldier the group has identified as having died at Fishkill during the war, when the depot was a major supply base for the Continentals. The other 85 were from New York, seven other colonies and Canada.

Historians believe hundreds of soldiers are buried in unmarked graves on private property off Route 9 in Fishkill.

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