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Unknown Extrait de Journal [in French]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04323.01 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: various Type: Manuscript document Date: 22 March 1781 - 16 February 1782 Pagination: 3 p. ; 42.5 x 27 cm.

Summary of Content: Extract of a journal pertaining to the French naval campaign during the American Revolution. Briefly lists actions and movement of the French navy under Comte de Grasse. Covers period from French leaving Brest, France, up until shortly before the defeat of de Grasse's forces at the Battle of the Saintes. Includes fighting in Chesapeake Bay, Battle of Yorktown, French capture of Saint Kitts, and other events.

Background Information: François Joseph Paul comte de Grasse was a French Admiral who served under Comte d'Estaing during the American Revolution. Comte de Grasse and his fleet played a decisive role ...in the pivotal American victory at Yorktown. After arriving from the Caribbean they took control of the Chesapeake Bay and cut off any attempts to escape by sea. On 12 April 1782 at the Battle of the Saintes he was defeated by the British fleet under Admiral Rodney and taken prisoner.See More

People: Grasse, François Joseph Paul de Grasse, comte de, 1722-1788

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryFranceNavyGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsBattleBattle (Siege, Surrender) of YorktownCaribbean

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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