Teissedre de Fleury, Francois Louis, Marquis de (b. 1749) to Henry Knox
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01256
Author/Creator: Teissedre de Fleury, Francois Louis, Marquis de (b. 1749)
Place Written: Yorktown, Virginia
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 22 October 1781
Pagination: 2 p. : docket
Summary of Content: Has heard Knox has replaced ordnance lost or damaged during the siege of Yorktown by the Regiment of Bourbons and inquires if the same can be done for the Régiment de Saintonge. Also requests flags for marching. A note on the back requests information about whether or not a black man who was given to Major Fleury by a British officer has a master. ”If he truly he has no master,” Fleury writes, ”send him back to his new one.” The Régiment de Saintonge was selected in 1780 by the Count de Rochambeau to participate in the French expeditionary force to America.
Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783
Full Transcript: [draft] [partial], , [postscript], I send you a negro, which was given yesterday by a british officer, to one of ours. He says he has no master; I suppose both the white & black do not say. true; I suppose you will be able to discover the owner. & if truly he had no master, send him back to his new one.
Keywords/Subjects: African American History;, Battle of Yorktown;, Revolutionary War;, Revolutionary War General;, Military History;, Continental Army;, Artillery;, Ammunition;, Battle;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, France;, Slavery;, Slave Sale;
Sub Era: The War for Independence
LOC Search Terms: United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Equipment and supplies., Yorktown (Va.)--History--Siege, 1781., Slavery--United States--History--18th century.Order Image