Photographer's Note

The Rochambeau statue is located in the Southwest corner of Lafayette Park, just across from the White House. It was sculpted by Fernand Hamar, and was erected in 1902, so it's been there for quite a while. Its subject is General Comte de Rochambeau, a native of Vendome, who played a key role in the American Revolution. This is actually a second copy, as the first ws unveiled in June, 1900, in Vendome, France. President Theodore Roosevelt and various members of Congress were present for the US unveiling.

Rochambeau was called upon by King Louis XVI to assist in the American insurrection against the British in 1780. Rochambeau was fifty-five at the time, and quite experienced, having fought in the War of Austrian Succession and in the Seven Years' War. He was chosen to lead 5,500 French forces, who were assisting in the colonists' fight against the British. His efforts were augmented by the arrival of the French Admiral de Comte de Grasse in June, 1781, so the US had naval support. Twelve thousand French and American troops marched to Chesapeake Bay and then on to Yorktown, Virginia. The Seige of Yorktown was the last major battle of the war. Rochambeau continued his career after his return to France after American independence, in 1783, and commanded the Army of the North (1790-1791). He retired the following year and returned to his home in Vendome. He was actually imprisoned during the Reign of Terror, in 1794, but again returned home after the French Revolution. Napoleon restored his title as Marshal of France. Rochambeau died in 1807 at age 81.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1146] (2026)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2013-09-00
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2020-09-28 12:00
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