Norman Desmarais, professor emeritus at Providence College, lives in Lincoln, RI and is an active re-enactor. He 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 Battlegrounds of Freedom, The Guide to the American Revolutionary War (6-volumes), and The Guide to the American Revolutionary War at Sea and Overseas (7 volumes) which covers more than 10,500 actions. He has also translated the Gazette Françoise, the French newspaper published in Newport, RI by the French fleet that brought the Count de Rochambeau and 6800 French troops to America in July 1780. It is the first known service newspaper published by an expeditionary force.
Norman was inducted into the American French Genealogical Society French-Canadian Hall of Fame in 2015.