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Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail
Did You Know?
Revolutionary War veteran Joseph Plumb Martin, in his 1830 memoir, recounted seeing the French fleet under Admiral de Grasse for the first time, “[We] soon arrived at the mouth of James’ river, where were a number of armed French vessels and two or three fifty gun ships. We passed in sight of the French fleet, then lying in Lynnhaven bay; they resembled a swamp of dry pine trees.”