Who knew that ~
… Rochambeau was originally in training to be a priest?
… Rochambeau was wounded in the leg and near his eye in 1747 as a young soldier at the Battle of Laufeldt, War of Austrian Succession.
… Rochambeau took another bullet in his thigh in 1760 at the Battle of Clostercamp, Seven Years’ War.
… Rochambeau suffered most of his life from those wounds, even at the Battle of Yorktown, VA.
… Rochambeau rode countless miles on horseback in spite of his leg wounds.
… Rochambeau nearly died of small pox?
… Rochambeau expected his soldiers to attend church services whenever possible, and he marched with a priest in his company.
November 1, 1780 –After Rochambeau and his army restored war-damaged homes in Newport, RI., it was moving-in day for the French.
The British had vacated Newport in November 1779, leaving many buildings in poor repair.
Rochambeau made Newporters am offer they could not refuse. He would, at French expense, restore many of their damaged homes in order to use them for billeting his officers. They would then occupy them during their mission in Rhode Island. Following their departure, Rochambeau would return the homes to their original owners at no expense.
He did just this and made many new American friends!
November 1779 Brits vacated Newport, RI, after 3 year occupation.