Commemoration of the 1780 French Encampment
30 September - 2 October 2005

The duc de Lauzun [Ron Roberts] reviews French and American troops as part of the re-enactment weekend ceremonies.

In the foreground, on the viewer's, right are Mr. William Clay Howe, Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati and master of ceremonies for the day; and Major General Pascal Vinchon, French Defense Attaché to the US.
On the viewer's right of the line of uniformed re-enactment troops are: Adam Carriere, Saintonge Regiment. Behind Adam, in the second rank, is Abe Fisher of the Saintonge.
To Adam's left is Sterling Wall Saintonge Grenadier; then Myles McConnon, of the Saintonge, but in uniform of a Royal Deux-Ponts (RDP) Grenadier.
To Myles' left is Bill Rose, also of the Saintonge, but in RDP Grenadier uniform.
To Bill's left is Dana Rock, President of the Saintonge and Commanding Officer of the Day.
On the far viewer's left of the front line is Dr. Robert Selig, in the uniform of the Comissaire de Guerre in Rochambeau's Expedition. Behind Dr. Selig, in blue, is Steve Taskovics Commanding Officer of the Saintonge and fifer for the event.

Special features of event included:
  • Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R) Historical Marker Dedication with International, State and Local dignitaries.
  • Historical vignettes depicting military meetings held in Governor Trumbull's War Office, including the cast from the living history outdoor Groton-based drama --"A Brave Revenge."
  • Meet Rochambeau, Lafayette, and the duc de Lauzun as portrayed by Living Historians.
  • Revolutionary War Art Exhibit featuring the paintings of artist David Wagner-on display in the historic Wadsworth Stable at the Gov. Jonathan Trumbull House Museum site.
  • French Officers being entertained by Lebanon citizens.
  • Period Fashion Show.
  • Evening Period Dance featuring "The Cambridge Dance Orchestra."
  • Military Drills.
  • Period Craft Demonstrations.

This commemorative event received support from:

The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism
The Connecticut Washington-Rochambeau Heritage Trail Committee
The Town of Lebanon
The Connecticut Colony Military Association, Inc.
The Lebanon Historical Society

LINKS to related websites:

See text of French Attache's speech.

The Washington - Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Historic Trail Association.

Les Régiments Français -- l'Armée de Terre Royale in the American War for Independence.


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Page posted as early draft 7 October 2005; modified 3 June 2006.