The Fraunces Tavern Museum will host “Reevaluating Our Revolutionary French Allies,” a free virtual lecture looking at the French Count de Rochambeau’s army during the American Revolution by Norman Desmarais, set for Thursday, January 13th.
In this lecture, Desmarais will discuss recent discoveries about the Count de Rochambeau’s army that counter popular assumptions — focusing primarily on the recently published diary of the Count de Lauberdière, which includes details that are not covered in any other French diaries.
Serving as an aide-de-camp on General Rochambeau’s staff, the young and well-educated Lauberdière provided a unique perspective of the war, including descriptions of the French army’s camp in Newport, the long march to Yorktown, the siege and capture, and a fascinating examination of the people and their distinctive colonial culture.
This lecture will begin at 6:30 pm and will take place via Zoom. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on the day of the lecture. For more information or to register, click here.
Painting: Bataille de Yorktown by Auguste Couder.