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Lecture: Robert Selig on Rochambeau at Princeton

December 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Robert Selig, an expert on Rochambeau, will present on the comte de Rochambeau and the French expeditionary force he led through Princeton in August 1781 to help the Continental Army capture Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown.  Marching from Phillipsburg, NY, across New Jersey on separate routes, the allied forces united just north of Princeton, followed by the encampment of Rochambeau’s army of 6,000 men on the grounds of Morven on August 29-31, 1781. The following summer, Rochambeau and his army returned back through Princeton from Virginia, and received the resounding applause of the American people as they marched. Community Room.

Dr. Selig is a specialist on the role of French forces under the comte de Rochambeau during the American Revolutionary War and currently serves as project historian to the National Park Service for the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R) National Historic Trail Project. As part of this project he has researched and written historical and architectural site surveys and resource inventories on the W3R for the nine states along the route. Dr. Selig also was the Project Historian for the Princeton Battlefield Mapping Study. Dr. Selig has taught at numerous colleges and universities in the Midwest, most recently at Hope College in Holland, MI.

Co-sponsored by the library, Princeton Battlefield Society, Morven Museum and Garden, and the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route-NJ Association (W3R-NJ). 


This program is presented with support  from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



December 6, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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