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    Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail

    National Historic Trail MA,RI,CT,NY,NJ,PA,DE,MD,VA,DC

The Route to Victory

By 1780, the Americans found their War for Independence at a stalemate. France had previously provided America with supplies and money, but now French ground forces were sent to help turn the tide of the War. General Rochambeau and the French Army allied with General Washington and the Continental Army, journeying hundreds of miles to a victory at Yorktown and, ultimately, the War.

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On June 28, 1781, a French soldier of the Royal Deux-Ponts regiment wrote in his journal, “We again had very numerous visits from the American maidens who circled the camp on horseback and who appeared just like English horsemen. This afternoon our MM generals gave a ball on the open field in front of our camp and invited the American maidens to it. This lasted into the dark night. All joy could be seen there what with dancing and singing as well with the soldiers as with the officers who had fun with the English girls.”