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===American Revolution service===
 
===American Revolution service===
After, for a while, spending his fortune in various parts of Europe, he attracted attention by an essay on the military defences of Great Britain and her [[Evolution of the British Empire|colonial empire]] (''État de defense d'Angleterre et de toutes ses possessions dans les quatres parties du monde''). This led to his appointment to a command against the British in 1779, in which he gained several successes. In February he commanded the troops that captured [[Saint-Louis, Senegal|Fort St Louis]], in Senegal, from the British. In 1781, he took an important part in the [[American War of Independence]] by being the advance party of the main French army of [[Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau|Rochambeau]] sent to reinforce General [[George Washington]] at the [[Siege of Yorktown]] in 1781. [[Lauzun's Legion]] left their winter quarters in [[Lebanon, Connecticut]] on 9 June 1781 and marched south through Connecticut known as the [[Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route]]. Their main function was to be an advance party but also to remain ten to fifteen miles south of the main army to protect the flank against any British located in the many [[Loyalist (American Revolution)|Tory]] towns in lower Fairfield County. While in Connecticut, the French made camps in Middletown, Wallingford, North Haven, Ripton and North Stratford. They arrived at North Stratford, now [[Nichols Farms Historic District|Nichols]] on 28 June and stayed for two days.<ref>Life and Letters of Samuel Holden Parsons, Major General in the Continental Army and Chief Judge of the Northwestern Territory 1737 — 1789, Charles S. Hall 1905, page 364 [http://books.google.com/books?id=mc4EAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA364&dq=lauzun+revolution+north+stratford+ct]</ref> From the hilltop in North Stratford, now Abraham Nichols Park, one could easily see for seventy miles past Long Island Sound to New York and beyond. The French used this time to spy on British ships in New York harbor. After the successful campaign at Yorktown and subsequent British surrender, Lauzun returned to France a hero and was made ''[[maréchal de camp]]''.
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After, for a while, spending his fortune in various parts of Europe, he attracted attention by an essay on the military defences of Great Britain and her [[Evolution of the British Empire|colonial empire]] (''État de defense d'Angleterre et de toutes ses possessions dans les quatres parties du monde''). This led to his appointment to a command against the British in 1779, in which he gained several successes. In February he commanded the troops that captured [[Saint-Louis, Senegal|Fort St Louis]], in Senegal, from the British. In 1781, he took an important part in the [[American War of Independence]] by being the advance party of the main French army of [[Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau|Rochambeau]] sent to reinforce General [[George Washington]] at the [[Siege of Yorktown]] in 1781. [[Lauzun's Legion]] left their winter quarters in [[Lebanon, Connecticut]] on 9 June 1781 and marched south through Connecticut known as the [[Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route]]. Their main function was to be an advance party but also to remain ten to fifteen miles south of the main army to protect the flank against any British located in the many [[Loyalist (American Revolution)|Tory]] towns in lower Fairfield County. While in Connecticut, the French made camps in Middletown, Wallingford, North Haven, Ripton and North Stratford. They arrived at North Stratford, now [[Nichols Farms Historic District|Nichols]] on 28 June and stayed for two days.<ref>Life and Letters of Samuel Holden Parsons, Major General in the Continental Army and Chief Judge of the Northwestern Territory 1737 — 1789, Charles S. Hall 1905, page 364 [http://books.google.com/books?id=mc4EAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA364&dq=lauzun+revolution+north+stratford+ct]</ref> From the hilltop in North Stratford, now Abraham Nichols Park, one could easily see for seventy miles past [[Long Island Sound]] to New York and beyond. The French used this time to spy on British ships in New York harbor. After the successful campaign at Yorktown and subsequent British surrender, Lauzun returned to France a hero and was made ''[[maréchal de camp]]''.
   
 
===French Revolution service===
 
===French Revolution service===

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