Twenty-first-century historians may lift their eyes and see on the horizon the faint white sails of Comte de Rochambeau
's French fleet, making south toward Yorktown, and off to the west the long, dark line of George Washington's Continental Army marching to meet them and trap Cornwallis.
With his loyal French subordinate Lieutenant General Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau
, Washington personally supervised the discharge of the stocks from shipping along the James River, enabling them to bring to bear a formidable weight of firepower.
While the British held meetings, the armies of George Washington and Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau
, moved aggressively toward the goal of pinning down Cornwallis on a peninsula with his back to the sea so that the French Navy might have the opportunity to seal off Cornwallis's only avenue of escape.
Hampton's prose is especially engaging when she writes about how the unit (which was named for the Comte de Rochambeau
, a French hero of the American Revolution) fought military machismo to get sent overseas and be of use in the war.
Furthermore, the arrival of the Comte de Rochambeau
's army, rich with specie and bills of credit, helped revive the local economy.