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Rochambeau: America's Neglected Founding Father Paperback – 1974
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This volume: Rochambeau: America's Neglected Founding Father by Arnold Whitridge is a biography of Rochambeau. He as a great French gentleman soldier and American founding father. Rochambeau's victory at Yorktown administered the coup de grace to the British and made America an independent nation.
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The reader will learn that even when needing to reproach one of his soldiers, Rochambeau signed his letter "Papa" The reader will learn of Rochambeau's early military experience from which he learned that to be successful, a battle near water needed to be one in which a naval blockade would be possible to reinforce military maneuvers on land. This was the key to the Continental Army's success at Yorktown, VA in 1781 - it was the naval blockade supplied by French Admiral de Grasse that was key to this success - General Washington had wanted to attack the British in New York City, but Rochambeau knew French ships would not have been able to clear the sandbar at Sandy Hook as would British ships - a blockade was not possible in NY.
Whitridge writes of the Battle of Yorktown. This battle and the journey of these leaders to Yorktown, now is honored by the National Park Service Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail, the W3R-NHT. More can be read at the website of the W3R-US, the organization that conceptualized and "birthed" this NHT with its decades-long efforts. [...]
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. To me, there is no question, French comte de Rochambeau truly is "America's Neglected Founding Father!"
I am a tour guide at Yorktown National Park. This is needed material