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Les Chasseurs-Royaux
In Response To: Old dog learns new tricks ()

Hi Tom:

Thanks for posting the message regarding the men of color from St. Domingue (now Haiti). You've touched on an era of history and geography (the East Floridas, coastal Georgia and South Carolina) that is the focus of some of my research.

I remember reading about them in Dr. Midlo-Hall's book "Social Control in Slave Plantation Societies: A Comparison of St. Domingue and Cuba." Midlo-Hall briefly mentions "Les Chasseurs-Royaux" and their attack on Savannah, however her research and description on the black military in Chapter 6 "Emancipation and the Status of the Free" is a fascinating read.

"Les Chasseurs-Royaux" were commanded by Comte Charles d'Estaing. You'll find him mentioned in the military intrigues of Galvez and his contemporaries. Using his name as a link and using a military search engine,the following list of url's will link you to some interesting sites, including a book.

http://www.haiti-usa.org/historical/index.php?cp=1

The url below is in French, but a basic knowledge will lead you to other clues etc. It also mentions names linked to St. Domingue.

http://www.agh.qc.ca/articles/?id=31

The last is a bibliography which includes the title and author of "STORM OVER SAVANNAH: THE STORY OF COUNT D'ESTAING AND THE SIEGE OF THE TOWN IN 1779." The Florida Historical Society and others point to this book as an excellent reference source.

Monsieur Le Comte from what I've read so far, wasn't a very successful military leader.

Anyway, thanks for your query, it's opened a new avenue of research for me.

K Wyer Lane


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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