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Reevaluating Our French Allies

December 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


First in person lecture since March 2020!

On Thursday December 2, 2021 Norman Desmarais will present the talk Reevaluating Our French Allies. This program, the NHS’s first in person lecture since March 2020, will discuss recent discoveries about the Count de Rochambeau’s army that counter popular assumptions about the French participation in America’s War for Independence. This talk, based on research from his new book, The Road to Yorktown: The French Campaigns in the American Revolution, 180-1783, will focus primarily on the recently published diary of the Count de Lauberdiere which includes details that are not covered in any other French diaries. It will also elucidate aspects of the French occupation of Newport mentioned in the diary.

Norman Desmarais, professor emeritus at Providence College, is a member of Le Regiment Bourbonnais, the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment and the Brigade of the American Revolution. He is editor-in-chief of The Brigade Dispatch, the journal the Brigade of the American Revolution and the author of The Guide to the American Revolutionary War (6-volumes covering about 4500 actions), and The Guide to the American Revolutionary War at Sea and Overseas (7 volumes) which covers more than 10,500 engagements. He has also translated the Gazette Françoise and the diary of Count of Lauberdière published as The Road to Yorktown. Norman has also authored America’s First Ally: France in the Revolutionary War and Washington’s Engineer: Louis Duportail and the Creation of an Army Corps.

Norm’s new book The Road to Yorktown will be available at the NHS museum shop.


December 2
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Newport Historical Society


NHS Resource Center
82 Touro Street
Newport, 02840
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