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Admiral De Grasse and American Independence Hardcover – 1 Jun 1945


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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ayer Co Pub; Reprint edition (Jun. 1945)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0405130422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0405130427
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
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The defeat of the British fleet by Admiral Francois Joseph Paul, Comte de Grasse, in the battle off Cape Henry in 1781 set the stage for the independence of the thirteen American colonies. This biography places the supremely important naval battle off the Virginia Capes in its proper historical perspective and gives the French admiral full credit for making Cornwallis' surrender possible at Yorktown. George Washington fully recognized this aid when he wrote to de Grasse and expressed his gratitude "in the name of America for the glorious event for which she is indebted to you." The battle off Cape Henry was only one of many engaged by the dashing Gallic sea captain, who fought in all the wars of his day: the War of the Austrian Succession, the Seven Years' War, and the War of the American Revolution. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

The late Charles Lee Lewis, born in 1886, was a prominent naval historian and for many years a professor of English and History at the United States Naval Academy. He has written biographies of Matthew Fontaine Maury, Admiral Franklin Buchanan, David Glasgow Farragut, and Commodore Stephen Decatur and two volumes of biographical sketches of famous sea fighters. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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