Illustrated Diary of Jean Baptiste Antoine de Verger (1780-1784)
The Lafayette Society of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and the American Friends of Lafayette invite you to join us at 6PM on Friday March 5 for an online presentation about Jean-Baptiste Antoine de Verger, a French lieutenant who served with General Rochambeau during the American Revolutionary War. De Verger kept a detailed diary of his experiences and observations of colonial America, camp life in the French Army, and eyewitness accounts of battles with British regulars. There are even two specific references to our hero, Lafayette! De Verger also made several remarkable watercolor illustrations in his diary, including one of the earliest images of a Black soldier in a combat role in the Continental Army.
De Verger’s diary was acquired by the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection at Brown University and it remains one of their more unique and most frequently consulted items. Andrew Woelflein, Presiding Trustee of the Collection and Brown alumnus has put together an intriguing, informative lecture about this rare historical artifact and its author.
You are invited as our special guest to this invaluable educational opportunity on Friday March 5 at 6PM ET. You must register for this event ahead of time on the American Friends of Lafayette website. A zoom link will be sent to those that register.
This presentation is a part of the larger annual celebration hosted by The Lafayette Society of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Thank you for your interest in “all things Lafayette” and thank you for helping us celebrate the anniversary of Lafayette’s visit on March 4-5, 1825 to Fayetteville, the first American city named for him.
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