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New Insights: The Siege of Yorktown through French eyes

February 02, 2023
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 200 Water Street
Yorktown, VA 23690 United States

Rochambeau at Yorktown

Yorktown, VA, February 2, 2023, at 6:30 p.m.: Join the Williamsburg-Yorktown American Revolutionary Round Table, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (200 Water St, Yorktown, VA), for its first in the 2023 speakers’ series. Dr. Iris de Rode, author and lecturer, will provide new insights on the Siege of Yorktown, as seen through the eyes of French officers that were present during the Campaign. As part of her presentation, she will discuss many lesser-known French participants in the war, by using the journals and letters of French officers and soldiers that played a pivotal role in helping America achieve its independence.

Dr. Iris de Rode is a Dutch historian who specializes in the French participation in the American Revolution. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Paris 8, based on the personal papers of François-Jean de Chastellux. She is a published author of “François-Jean de Chastellux (1734-1788), un soldat-philosophe dans le monde atlantique à l’époque des Lumières” (translation: A soldier-philosopher in the Atlantic world at the time of the Enlightenment). Her publication is a biography of the Marquis de Chastellux, based on his unpublished private papers that she discovered in the Château de Chastellux. Dr. de Rode is currently in the United States, serving as a Fellow of Mount Vernon and as part of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association (W3R) team, helping to bring alive the story of Washington and Rochambeau’s incredible march through nine states and the District of Columbia. This event is free and open to the public and sponsored in part by the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association (W3R).

About the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association Inc. (W3R): the Association supports, interprets and preserves the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail (WARO), commemorating the allied French, and Continental armies during the American War of Independence, and the hundreds of miles travelled to, and from, the victorious Siege of Yorktown in 1781 and 1782.

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About the Williamsburg-Yorktown American Revolution Round Table (WYARRT): the Round Table was established to study all aspects of our American Revolution (1763-1789). It is open to all individuals who have an interest in this period of history, the Round Table frequently augments its Speaker Program with local tours or special educational programs for its members and the general public.

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