1813 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT ALS BY FRENCH POLITICIAN AND REVOLUTIONARY WAR HERO IN THE AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE00MV36
On offered here is an autograph letter signed, 1813, 1p plus address leaf, approx. 6x8 in. To "A.M. DeFages, Commissaire de Guerre. Relative pour l'approvisionnement de vivres pour le fort de Rastrillar" by CHARLES LAMETH [1757-1832] Fr. politician and soldier who served in the American War of Independence. Called the Chevalier Viscount, he began as aid-de-camp of de Rochambeau with officer's rank. During the Revolutionary War he made the crossing with the expeditionary corps, he was on the JASON with de Fersen, Collot, Charlus, and his intimate friend Dumas. he showed talent and courage during the campaign. Dumas tells how Lameth wished to take part in the attack of Yorktown, although it was not his turn of service. While heading the assault he received two gunshot wounds, one of which broke his knee cap, and the other went through his thigh of the other leg. He would not allow his legs to be amputated, luckily for him, since in 2 months to returned to France almost cured. He received then the command of the cuirassiers of the king with the rank of colonel.He then entered politics, noted for his advanced liberalism. In 1791, he fought a duel with the Duke de Castries, who wounded him. The people gave him an ovation after this duel, and sacked the house of de Castries. Lameth brought about the arrest of the king and that of de Bouille, and was elected President of the Assembly July 5, 1791. VG+.
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