A Merry Christmas Message for December 2017!

And Holiday Wishes to Everyone!

 

 

The image above is special as it represents a turning point and a verification of battle plans of the principal generals near the close of the American Fight for Independence 1781. It is the result of unity between America and France.

Lest we forget! This is the setting:

In this painting by David R. Wagner, Connecticut’s own painter of the Rev War, we see General Rochambeau on the left and his American counterpart General Washington, on the right examining the map of the eastern United States.

Rochambeau has just received a message from Admiral De Grasse saying that he is on his way north from the French West Indies with the much needed cash, ships and soldier/marines to meet the combined Franco/American Army at the Chesapeake. Once they are all assembled near Yorktown, Virginia, they, along with Lafayette and his army, will force Lord General Cornwallis to back up to the bluff of Yorktown from which there is no exit!

The die is cast at this meeting in Phillipsburg, NY.

 

Their Christmas celebration that year would be one to celebrate! Raise a glass to King Louis XVI !!

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

 

 

See you again in in January 2018!

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David R. Wagner Painting Unveiled

The unveiling of Wagner’s painting of the massing of the French troops at East Hartford in 1782. Left to right: Jini Jones Vail, Alisha Desilva, David R. Wagner

The unveiling of Wagner’s painting of the massing of the French troops at East Hartford in 1782. Left to right: Jini Jones Vail, Alisha Desilva, David R. Wagner

On November 1, 2013. Alisha Desilva invited my husband John and me, to attend the unveiling of the painting she had commissioned by the artist, David R. Wagner. David is well known for his multitude of paintings devoted to the Victory March of General Rochambeau and his 4000 French troops through America 1781-1783.

Alisha asked Wagner to created a second painting depicting the massing of the French troops at East Hartford, CT. The French had been in America for two years and were marching to Boston to embark on their ships after a successful joint campaign with George Washington that culminated with the battle at Yorktown against Lord Cornwallis.

The unveiling took place at the Art and Frame Studio of Terry and James Tottenham in Oxford, CT.

Rochambeau marker at East Hartford, CT

Rochambeau marker at East Hartford, CT