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Jean Baptiste Donatien De Vimeur Edit Profile

army officer

Jean Baptiste Donatien De Vimeur, French army officer. Served in War of Austrian Succession, Seven Years War; member 2d Assembly of Notables; member Legion of Honor.

Background

Vimeur, Jean Baptiste Donatien De was born on July 1, 1725 in Vendôme, France. Son of Joseph Charles (comte de Rochambeau) and Claire (Begon) de Vimeur.

Education

Attended Collège de Vendôme.

Career

Served in War of Austrian Succession, Seven Years War. Promoted brigadier general, 1761, became inspector cavalry. Appointed governor Villefrancheen-Roussillon, 1776.

Came to American as commander French troops in American Revolution, sailed from Brest to Newport, Rhode Island, with 6,000 men, 1780. Joined Continental Army under Washington at White Plains, New York, 1781. Beseiged Cornwallis at Yorktown, aided in gaining his surrender, October 1781.

Returned to France, 1783. Became commander of important military district with headquarters at Calais, France. Active member Society of Cincinnati.

Member 2d Assembly of Notables. Made commander district of Alsace (France). Placed in charge of Northern Military Department, 1790.

Created marshal of France, 1791. Honored by Napoleon; member Legion of Honor. Author: Memoirs, published Paris, 1809, in English, 1838.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Memoirs, published Paris, 1809, in English, 1838.

Membership

Served in War of Austrian Succession, Seven Years War. Member 2d Assembly of Notables. Member Legion of Honor.

Connections

Married Jeanne d’Acosta, December 1749.

father:
Joseph Charles Vimeur

spouse:
Jeanne d’Acosta