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Author: Harlow Giles Unger
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 452
Cover Price: $ 19.95

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In this biography, acclaimed author Harlow Giles Unger paints an intimate and detailed portrait of the heroic young French soldier who, at nineteen, renounced a life of luxury in Paris and Versailles to fight and bleed for liberty - at Brandywine, Valley Forge, and Yorktown. A major general in the Continental Army, he quickly earned the love of his troops, his fellow commanders, and his commander in chief, George Washington, who called him his "adopted son." To the troops, he was "the soldier's friend"; to Americans all, he was "our Marquis."

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The Marquis de Lafayette was a French aristocrat who joined the Continental Army and served with distinction under George Washington. George Washington quartered his Continental Army troops at Valley Forge in miserable conditions during the winter of 1777-1778. Trapped by George Washington's forces on land and the French navy at sea, General Cornwallis had no way out of Yorktown. The Continental Army was a poorly paid, under-equipped force that fought the British and gained American independence during the Revolution.