Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau letter to Choisy, 1781 September 16

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Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau letter to Choisy, 1781 September 16



Comte de Rochambeau letter to Claude Gabriel marquis de Choissey directing him to lead the Lauzun Legion to Gloucester Court House to reinforce the Americans under General George Weedon.


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Williamsburg this 16 September 1781

The present circumstances demanding, Sir, that the corps of Brigadier General George Weedon which is camped at Gloucester Court House be reinforced, I have the honor to write you that the intention of General Washington and myself is that you direct yourself there with the cavalry of your corps, in order to [place] yourself there at the orders, you will be followed by the equipments as much for your cavalry as for your infantry because it is probable that as soon as your infantry has arrived it will go to join you there with the Duc de Lauzan.

I request you to order my equipments and all those of the army which follow you to take the first route which was indicated to you in order to go to Williamsburg in observing meanwhile that the Newcastle bridge being broken it is necessary to direct on Tod's Bridge and Ruffin's Ferry in order to come to Williamsburg instead of following the route from Newcastle, I request you to leave an officer at Bowling Green where I send you to carry this letter to whom you deliver an extract of the route to which the equipments of the army must hold in order to come to Williamsburg, and who will stay at the said Bowling Green until all equipments of the army have passed in order that there is no error in the change of routes which you took which only regards those of your legion.

It will also be necessary that you leave the [illegible] of Mr. Wadsworth which marches with you in order to conduct the column of equipments and provisions in a devestated country, you will portion yourself of it much more easily as you only have two small flour purchases in order to deliver yourself to the camp of Brigadier General George Weedon and that you have more resources in choosing some officer of your corps in order to make your provisioning in a country less devestated than this one. I have the honor to be with a most perfect attachment, your most humble and most obedient servant.

le Comte de Rochambeau

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Rochambeau, Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de, 1725-1807, “Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau letter to Choisy, 1781 September 16,” Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed December 4, 2022,

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