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Teissedre de Fleury, Francois Louis, Marquis de (b. 1749) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01256 Author/Creator: Teissedre de Fleury, Francois Louis, Marquis de (b. 1749) Place Written: Yorktown, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 October 1781 Pagination: 2 p. : docket

Summary of Content: Has heard Knox has replaced ordnance lost or damaged during the siege of Yorktown by the Regiment of Bourbons and inquires if the same can be done for the Régiment de Saintonge. Also requests flags for marching. A note on the back requests information about whether or not a black man who was given to Major Fleury by a British officer has a master. "If he truly he has no master," Fleury writes, "send him back to his new one." The Régiment de Saintonge was selected in 1780 by the Count de Rochambeau to participate in the French expeditionary force to America.

Full Transcript: [draft] [partial]
I send you a negro, which was given yesterday by a british officer, to one of ours. He says he has no master; I suppose both the ...white & black do not say. true; I suppose you will be able to discover the owner. & if truly he had no master, send him back to his new one.See More

People: Teissedre de Fleury, Francois Louis, Marquis de, b. 1749
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: African American HistoryBattle of YorktownRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyArtilleryAmmunitionBattleGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyFranceSlaverySlave Sale

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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