By Rene Chartrand, Richard Hook (Illustrator)
The commanders who led the opposing armies of the yank struggle of Independence got here from remarkably diverse backgrounds. They incorporated not just males from Britain and the United States, yet from Germany, France and Spain in addition. a few have been from the good households of the "Old World", whereas others have been frontiersmen or farmers within the "New World". regardless of their differing origins, all have been leaders within the occasions that ended in the institution of the U.S. of the US. This ebook info the looks, careers and personalities of the commanders on each side. It covers such recognized figures as George Washington and Lord Cornwallis in addition to much less recognized males akin to Admiral Suffren and Bernando de Galvez.
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Adm. de Grasse was taken on his flagship and Jamaica was saved. After years of defeats, this victory provoked an outbreak of celebration in Britain with Rodney being the hero of the hour. For many years, the triumph was lauded by British, and oddly enough American, historians proclaiming how the French fleet had been crushed leaving France vanquished at sea. Less impassioned assessments concluded that, while Rodney certainly had saved Jamaica and dealt a hard blow to the French fleet, it was not a mortal blow; the French losses had not been crippling and were compensated for by the arrival of more ships.
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It should be mentioned that Rochambeau is occasionally confused with his son, Donatien-Marie-Joseph de Vimeur, Vicomte de Rochambeau, who went to North America as Colonel of the Saintonge Regiment and was sent back to Versailles in the summer of 1781 with secret dispatches calling for a second corps to be sent to North America. This was deemed unnecessary after the fall of Yorktown. Young Rochambeau became a major-general during the 1792 campaign in Flanders, then served in the West Indies, most notably in Haiti in 1802 succeeding Napoleon's brother-in-law, Gen.