An Event Presented by Revolutionary Westchester 250
There will be a special presentation by Dr. Iris de Rode about General George Washington, Marshal Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur comte de Rochambeau, and the Grand Reconnaissance of July 21-23, 1781.
"The Grand Reconnaissance was the joint French American military operation in Westchester County and the Bronx, in July 1781. It is an overlooked moment in the history of the American Revolution, but it was a pivotal moment for the fate of the young United States.
From their joint encampment in Greenburgh, the French and Americans troops moved to southern Westchester and spent three days surveying the British strength in upper Manhattan to determine if a successful attack there was possible. It soon became clear that it was not, and the allies made the fateful decision to march together to Yorktown, Virginia, where they were victorious, and the British General Lord Cornwallis surrendered to them. Without this Reconnaissance, U.S. history could have had a much different outcome.
Dr. Iris de Rode, author and lecturer, earned her doctoral degree in France in 2019 and has done extensive research on the French participation in the American Revolution, based on unpublished French sources. During her lecture, she will share her findings on the Grand Reconnaissance, based on a report of one of its participants, the Major General Chastellux (1734-1788)."
Forum Participants: Dr. Erik Weiselberg, Nick Dembowski, Constance Kehoe
Co-sponsors: Friends of Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters, Yonkers Historical Society, Kingsbridge Historical Society
March 16, 2022, from 4-6 pm at the St. Joseph’s Seminary & College in Yonkers.
ATTEND IN PERSON Seating is limited for this free event, so you must sign up on Eventbrite by clicking here.
The presentation will take place in the Main Building auditorium at: St. Joseph’s Seminary & College, 201 Seminary Ave, Yonkers, N.Y. March 16, 2022, 4-6 pm
WATCH ON ZOOM The Zoom meeting will be hosted by St. Joseph’s in their online room called Prayer Hall. Click the link below to watch on Zoom. The presentation is on March 16 at 4 pm. The Zoom meeting will open at 3:30 pm and there is a capacity of 300 participants.
Constance Messerly Kehoe President and a Director, RW250, Inc. Westchester County Special Liaison, 250th Anniversary Commemoration of the American Revolution and the Founding of the United States Email 1776RW250@gmail.com