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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.
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!