French Navy to the Rescue!

Today is a day to celebrate American and French history!

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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.

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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!


5 thoughts on “French Navy to the Rescue!

  1. Hello, everyone!
    Three thoughts to share with you:
    1. the 230th anniversary of the Peace Treaties; we could all make a big day next january in Annapolis to mark the ratification.
    2. Yorktown Day – October 19, in presence of Philippe and Nathalie (de Rochambeau) de Gouberville, with the president of the “Association des Amis de Rochambeau” who is seeking american partnership.
    3. Marking the NHT: with all the budget cuts, this is a call to action! We need support and cooperation in our “Chesapeake” project; starting with Lynnhaven
    (Virginia Beach) where de Grasse and Barras fleet anchored to the James River
    where men and supplies sailed to Jamestown and from there reached Yorktown through Williamsburg and also the blackade of the York River trapping the
    British army in Yorktown.
    Thanks to Gini, Rochambeau and de Grasse are no longer the “forgotten heroes”
    along with their armies and navies of the French aid in the American Revolution.

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