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Date(s) - 07/11/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rowley Hall, Marymount University


Historian Robert Selig will describe the arduous march by troops under Gen. Washington’s command and our French allies from Rhode Island to Yorktown through what is now Arlington following the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail through what is now the District of Columbia and Arlington County.

This revolutionary era story follows the movements of Continental Army and of French forces from New York – and New England – to Yorktown and back between July 1780 and May 1783 and of the contributions of France and many Americans to the victory at Yorktown on 19 October 1781. This talk will focus on the logistics behind the crossing of the Potomac by French forces in September 1781 and July 1782, and the French encampment along the intersection of P Street and 21st Street.

Dr. Robert A. Selig is a historical consultant who received his Ph.D. in history from the Universität Würzburg in Germany in 1988. He published a number of books on the American War of Independence such as Hussars in Lebanon! A Connecticut Town and Lauzun’s Legion during the American Revolution, 1780-1781.  He is a specialist on the role of French forces under the Comte de Rochambeau during the American Revolutionary War and serves as project historian to the National Park Service for the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Project. For this project he researched and wrote surveys and resource inventories for the states of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia through which American and French forces marched in 1781 and 1782. These reports are available on the internet at http://w3r-us.org/history-by-state/

He also served and serves as Project Historian for American Battlefield Protection Program projects such as the “Battle of Princeton”, “Battle of Bennington”, and the “Battle of Brandywine”.  He has been a regular contributor to German Life magazine for over 20 years and has also published more than 100 articles in American and German scholarly and popular history magazines such as the the William and Mary Quarterly, Eighteenth-Century Studies, American Heritage, Naval History, and Military History Quarterly.

FREE. This AHS program is free and open to the public. It will be in Rowley Hall on the Campus of Marymount University. This event is part of a monthly series of public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University’s Department of History and Politics featuring local history topics. For more information, email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org or call: (703) 892-4204.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees should enter the Marymount University campus at the Main Gate at 2807 North Glebe Road. Attendees can park free in the visitor parking lot to the right just past the guard house then walk following the signs to Rowley Hall. Attendees requiring handicapped parking should notify the guard then drive following the signs to Rowley Hall for handicapped parking spaces.