When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few.
July 8, 1780 American and French forces join at Dobbs Ferry
Expédition Particulière was the code name given by the French government for the plan to sail French land forces to North America to support the American rebel forces against Britain in the American Revolutionary War. The expedition, 5,500 strong, arrived in America on 11 July 1780. After remaining inactive for almost a year, Rochambeau marched his troops south to rendezvous with George Washington’s Continental Army for a planned attack on New York City. At Rochambeau’s urging, Washington abandoned the planned attack and instead they moved into Virginia to join with the French fleet of Admiral François de Grasse to trap Lord Cornwallis’s British army in Virginia. On September 22, Rochambeau and Washington combined forces with those of Marquis de Lafayette and began the siege of Yorktown.
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