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Washington, Rochambeau & the Grand Reconnaissance

March 16, 2022
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
St. Jospeh’s Seminary & College, 201 Seminary Ave
Yonkers, NY 10704 United States

Please join us for a special presentation by Dr. Iris de Rode on Washington, Rochambeau and the Grand Reconnaissance, July 21-23, 1781. This event will take place on March 16 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Seminary & College in Yonkers and will also be broadcast live on Zoom. Registration details are below.

The Grand Reconnaissance was the joint French American military operation in Westchester County and the Bronx, conducted in July 1781. It is an often overlooked moment in the history of the American Revolution, but it was a pivotal moment for the fate of the young United States.

From their joint encampment in Greenburgh at Odell House in Hartsdale and at Appleby Farm in Ardsley, the French and Americans troops moved to southern Westchester and spent three days surveying the British strength in upper Manhattan to determine if a successful attack there was possible. It soon became clear that it was not, and the two generals made the fateful decision at Odell House to march together to Yorktown, Virginia, where they were victorious, and the British General Lord Cornwallis surrendered to them. Without this reconnaissance, U.S. history could have had a much different outcome.

Dr. Iris de Rode, author and lecturer, earned her doctoral degree in France in 2019 and has done extensive research on the French participation in the American Revolution, based on unpublished French sources. During her lecture, she will share her findings on the Grand Reconnaissance, based on a report of one of its participants, the Major General Chastellux (1734-1788).

Forum Participants: Dr. Erik Weiselberg, Nick Dembowski, Constance Kehoe

Sponsored by Revolutionary Westchester 250
Co-sponsors: Friends of Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters, Yonkers Historical Society, Kingsbridge Historical Society

Seating is limited for this free event, so you must sign up on Eventbrite by clicking here.

The presentation will take place in the Main Building auditorium at St. Joseph’s Seminary & College, 201 Seminary Ave., Yonkers, N.Y.
March 16, 2022, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The Zoom meeting will be hosted by St. Joseph’s in their online room called Prayer Hall. Click the link below to watch on Zoom. The presentation is on March 16 at 4 p.m. The Zoom meeting will open at 3:30 p.m. and there is a capacity of 300 participants.

Meeting ID: 679 105 7191

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