Rochambeau, who points to the Battlefield at Yorktown, Virginia. He stands at the War Tent with Washington and Lafayette October 1781

Jini Jones Vail with the Henri Le Grand copy of the Siege of Yorktown

Jini Jones Vail with the Henri Le Grand copy of the Siege of Yorktown at the newly-opened Museum of the American Revolution (M*AR) in Philadelphia. The painting was restored and framed by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and then presented to the M*AR for our enjoyment.

The above image represents my first visit to the M*AR in Philadelphia with my son, Rusty Dyer. This scene is in the atrium of the M*AR looking up to the central painting at the top of the stairs.

Don’t miss this exciting news!!!





Jini Jones Vail


Jini Jones Vail, Author
Rochambeau: Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant
A French General’s Role in the American Revolution

Rochambeau in America
Rochambeau and Company
Conversations with Queen Alienor of Aquitaine (Three Act Play)
Summering in the Loire Valley – A Decade of art, cuisine, history and music in France
Within the Walls Mysteries
Magellana Flies Home for Christmas

Bury the old and ring in the NEW!!!

Announcing the posting of my new website:

Created by my son, Rusty Dyer, Digidyer Productions.

It looks great!

Other news today: I am on my umpteenth edit on my new book:


A decade of Art, Cuisine, History, and Music in France

(Keep posted for an outline of the book and publishing date)



My third book, already written:

A three-act play with 6 scenes.

Rochambeau, Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant now available as an audiobook !



Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues, and Associates,

I am pleased to announce that my book, Rochambeau, Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant is now available as an audiobook directly online through and (see links below). It will soon be available on iTunes. Please use the links below to access the book and listen to a sample. I hope you will purchase the book for your audio library. I think you will enjoy it very much. If you are new to Audible, please sign up for a free trial membership and make my book your first purchase! I would love to hear what you think of it.

Tell your friends and family, especially those with an interest in Rochambeau, the Revolutionary War, George Washington, and The National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association Inc. (W3R) and it’s National Historic Trail (see:

Best wishes and happy listening!


Jini Jones Vail


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Step back in time and travel with Rochambeau as he rides through the night to the Palace of Versailles, answering a summons from King Louis XVI.

Sail with Rochambeau as he and his 42-ship convoy cross the Atlantic on an exhausting 70-day voyage to America.
Sit by his side as his carriage travels to meet with George Washington for their first face-to-face conference in Hartford, Connecticut. Enjoy the tension between the two generals as their strategy emerges.

Stand beside Rochambeau as he proudly watches his handsome French troops depart from Newport, Rhode Island, to begin their 200-mile march to join forces with Washington’s army above the Hudson.

Stand near him in Chester, Pennsylvania, as he watches an overjoyed Washington twirl his hat in the air on hearing that the long-awaited French navy under Admiral De Grasse had arrived in the Chesapeake. Ride at his side in the sweltering sun during the grueling trek from New York to Williamsburg, Virginia.

Listen in as he rallies his troops at the Battle of Yorktown. And observe how Cornwallis grudgingly surrenders his sword at the final battle of the American Revolution.


©2011 Jini Jones Vail (P)2018 Jini Jones Vail

Bastille Day

HUZZAH!                 HUZZAH!

“Allons enfants de la patrie……”
The Alliance Francaise of NW CT is hosting our annual Bastille Day summer picnic today, July 14th, 2018.

The flowers, from a francophile friend, Mary Conseur, are an inspiration!

Many thanks to our new members and followers on this blog. More to come…

Ready to be dazzled? The Original Rochambeau Necklace

Feast your eyes on this gorgeous necklace designed and assembled by my husband, John.


Portrait by Rusty Dyer, Digidyer Productions


The story is that over the past several years, I received as gifts from John and Amy, my daughter, a few vintage fitted boxes of Rochambeau buttons, each with a set of 6 or so buttons of two sizes. I set them aside since they represent the hero of my book and the bicentennial of the battle of Yorktown. The buttons were made in Waterbury, CT, close to home.

Then last summer I got them out and said to John,”I would love to have a necklace fashioned of these buttons, but how?” I went to a jeweler who told me it would cost me well over one thousand to have them made up with gold chains etc. I said “No thanks”. I returned home with them. When John had time we found some gold parts ourselves. In a matter of hours, he put it together like the real ‘Can Do’ Sea Bee that he is. Et voila! I plan to wear it to a fancy dress 18th-century ball or maybe the grocery store.



My Warmest Wishes for a Happy New Year to All my Followers!

N.B.  May I remind you that when you read the blog you will see a request to enter your email address so my blog master can send you a notice once a month of my blog post. I know you are out there and that you love American and French history as much as I do. So kindly leave your email address today. It will give me a great big boost to know you are following my blog that and want me to continue.

I am posting a very tender photo of my dear deceased friend, Dr. Jacques Bossiere, Founder and First Chair of the W3R Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route.


Dr. Jacques Bossiere


Can you guess what we are doing so intently working? Jacques is recovering from a miserable accident as a
pedestrian in New York City hit by a car. My husband, John, and I visited him in Greenwich, CT to cheer him.
At that time I had just completed the writing of my 5th draft on the Rochambeau book. Jacques, who had plenty
of time on his hands, offered to annotate the manuscript. I was so very pleased to accept his kind offer!

So here we are working together while following up on his annotations. I shall forever be grateful for the
moral support he granted me on the publication of this most important book.