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On This Day 7/15/1789
7/17/2011 5:17:39 PM

Marquis de Lafayette selected as Colonel General of the National Guard of Paris, France


Only one day after the fall of the Bastille marked the beginning of a new revolutionary regime in France, the French aristocrat and hero of the "American Revolution, Marie-Joseph Paul Roch Yves Gilbert du Motier Marquis de Lafayette, becomes the Colonel General of the National Guard of Paris, France by acclamation.

Marquis de Lafayette served as a human link between Aemrica and France in what is sometimes known as "The Age of Revolutions." At the age of nineteen, the young Frenchman's willingness to volunteer his services without pay won the American Continental Congress's respect and Marquis de Lafayette's commission as a Major General in the Continental Army on July 31, 1777.

Marquis de Lafayette served in the "Battle of Brandywine" in 1777, the "Battle of Barren Hill", the "Battle of Monmouth", and the "Battle of Rhode Island" in 1778. Following the formal Treaty of Alliance with Marquis de Lafayette's native France in February 1778 and Great Britain's subsequent Declaration of war against France, Marquis de Lafayette asked to return to Paris, France and consult the King of France as to his furure service.

General George Washington was willing to spare Marquis de Lafayette, who departed in January 1779. By March 1779 Benjamin Franklin reported from Paris, France that Marquis de Lafayette had become an excellent advocate for the American cause at the French court.

Following his six-month respite in France, Marquis de Lafayette returned to aid the American war effort in Vriginia where he participated in the successful siege of Yorktown, Virginia in l781, before returning to France and the further service of his own country. That service involved bringing many of the ideals of the "American Revolution" to France.

On July 11, 1789 Marquis de Lafayette proposed a "Declaration of Rights" to the French National Assembly that he had modeled on the "American Declaration of Independence." Marquis de Lafayette's refusal to support the escalation of violence, known as the "Reign of Terror" that followed the Franch Royal Family's attempt to flee the country in 1791 resulted in his imprisonment as a traitor from 1792 to 1797.

Marquis de Lafayette returned to military service during the "French Revolution{" of 1830. Marquis de Lafayette died in Paris, France four years later, where he was buried among many of his noble friends executed during the "Reign of Terror" at the Cimetiere de Picpus.



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