Presented by the Salisbury Historical Society Association and Scoville Memorial Library. Watertown, Connecticut author Jini Jones Vail will speak about the subject of her recently published book, “Rochambeau, Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant, A French General’s Role in the American Revolution”. Vail will tell about the meetings with Washington and the trek through Connecticut that marked the beginnings of the advance to the decisive battle at Yorktown, Virginia in 1781. Rochambeau was a decorated general in one of the most powerful and hierarchical armies of the world. That Rochambeau was able to cooperate with and sometimes defer to an “amateur” like Washington was a blessing for the revolutionary cause.
Jini Jones Vail has been interested in all things French, earning multiple degrees in French language and studies. On one of her trips to France, she was invited to meet Count Michel and Countess Madeleine de Rochambeau at the Château de Rochambeau near Vendome. Thus began a long interest in and study of the 18th century French general that led to her book and her work to promote the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail.