The Road to Yorktown: The French Campaigns in the American Revolution, 1780-1783

June 23, 2021, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Editor Norm Desmarais as he discusses his recent publication, The Road to Yorktown: The French Campaigns in the American Revolution, 1780-1783

The fate of the American Revolution had yet to be decided when a remarkable 21-year-old Frenchman arrived in America. Louis-François-Bertrand, the Count of Lauberdière, belonged to an old noble family that traced its heritage back to the Crusades. The Count of Lauberdière kept one of–and perhaps THE MOST–remarkable and important diaries of the entire war and it has never been published and but rarely used. Translator and editor Norm Desmarais, professor emeritus at Rhode Island’s Providence College, adds substantial value with his expertly crafted footnotes which, together with maps and illustrations, makes The Road to Yorktown a fresh and invigorating firsthand account that will satisfy even the most demanding student of the American Revolution.

Norman Desmarais is professor emeritus at Providence College and an active reenactor. He is a member of Le Régiment Bourbonnais, the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment, and the Brigade of the American Revolution. He is the author of the Guide to the American Revolutionary War series (six volumes about the war on land and seven volumes about the war at sea and overseas), as well as America’s First Ally: France in the American Revolutionary War, and is the editor-in-chief of The Brigade Dispatch, the journal of the Brigade of the American Revolution. Mr. Desmarais translated the Gazette Françoise, the French newspaper published in Newport, Rhode Island by the French fleet that carried the Count of Rochambeau and 5,800 French troops to America in July 1780. It is the first known service newspaper published by an expeditionary force.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2021 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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