George Washington's adopted son became America's hero. Lafayette's triumphant return to America in 1824 sparked people to celebrate our nation's history. Commemorate the 2024-2025 bicentennial by remembering Lafayette's contributions.
1. Nineteen-year-old French nobleman Marquis de Lafayette left his family and wealthy lifestyle behind because he believed in America’s desire for independence. He defied his king’s order to stay in France, paid for his own ship and crew, managed to learn English during the month-long voyage despite being violently seasick, and volunteered for the Continental Army when the Continental Congress refused his services.
2. As the Continental Army was being defeated at the Battle of Brandywine, Lafayette rode his horse into the field and convinced the terrified American troops not to run away in fear. A musket ball shot through his leg, and he pressed on despite the agonizing pain. Without his heroism, there wouldn’t have been an army left to fight another day.
3. Lafayette convinced the French king to send troops as well as weapons and ammunition to the Continental Army. We could never have won the war without our French alliance and Lafayette's contributions.
4. Lafayette supported Washington and helped him gain intelligence during this dark moment when Washington’s officers plotted a mutiny against Washington which threatened to destroy democracy.
5. Lafayette cornered British Commander Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia, and sent word to Washington that their final victory was secured. The French fleet blocked British ships from fleeing, and the American Revolution was won.
“I hope you will keep Lord Cornwallis safe, without provisions or forage until we arrive,” Washington wrote to Lafayette while en route to Yorktown.
6. Lafayette's triumphant return in 1824 rekindled America's pride, and inspired Americans to celebrate our nation's history.
General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette:
The Father/Son Relationship That Saved America
Nineteen-year-old Frenchman Marquis de Lafayette came to America offering his services to the patriotic cause. Inexperienced but dedicated, he was a much-needed ally and not only earned a military position with the Continental Army but also General Washington's respect, admiration, and love. How did a father/son relationship between Washington and Lafayette develop during a grueling war? Award-winning children’s author Selene Castrovilla presents the human side of history, explaining the bond between two famous Revolutionary figures, how it became the factor that secured America’s independence, and how Lafayette's triumphant return in 1824 paid tribute to both his adopted father and his adopted country.
Celebrate our nation's history and Lafayette's triumphant return with an author visit by published author and historian Selene Castrovilla!
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We must always remember Lafayette's contributions!
The Lafayette Welcoming Parade of 1824 was a parade held in New York City on August 16, 1824. Lafayette arrived for a thirteen month tour as "The Nation's Guest." I am a member of the American Friends of Lafayette, and we are planning celebratory events across the nation. Please join us!
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