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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: 1

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 R\E9giment 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 R\E9giment de Saintonge was selected in 1780 by the Count de Rochambeau to participate in the French expeditionary force to America.

People: Teissedre de Fleury, Francois Louis, Marquis de, b. 1749.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

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