Monday, November 27, 2017

The Duc de Lauzun in Senegal

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The Duc de Lauzun is primarily remembered for his role in the American Revolution at Yorktown.  There, he commanded a unit of cavalry known as Lauzun's Legion and prevented a breakout attempt by Banastre Tarleton from the post of Gloucester Point.  But before his career in America, Lauzun and his Legion were sent to Africa to seize British trading posts along the Senegal River.  Lauzun captured Fort Saint-Louis from the British in 1779.  In this period drawing from 1784, Lauzun is shown accepting the surrender of Fort Saint-Louis.  Some French infantrymen are shown behind him, possibly the infantry component of his legion.  This drawing is a part of the Library of Congress, and was found at