Today is a day to celebrate American and French history!
On this pivotal day, August 14, 1781, General Rochambeau received the long-awaited message that French Admiral De Grasse was on his way to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. This event was to alter the course of our shared history.
Washington joined Rochambeau at the Odell House, seen here, French Army headquarters in Hartsdale, New York, to discuss this good news and the plan to march south together to Yorktown, Virginia.
Events finally lined up to the advantage of the Franco-American allies. Washington’s long fight against the formidable British might well come to a successful end in his state of Virginia. The allies would have the all-important support of the French Navy!