Rochambeau Statue and Monument
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This statue was a gift of the American members of the Society of Cincinnati. Description: Rochambeau is dressed in the uniform of a Marshal of France. He wears the traditional French tricorn hat and cockade (a knot of ribbons) and the medal of the Order of the Saint Esprit on his overcoat. He stands atop in a pose where he holds a battle map of Yorktown in his left hand. Rochambeau’s sword rests at his left hip. The cannons behind him may refer to captured British cannons that the U.S. Congress gave to Rochambeau at the end of the Revolutionary War. A spring of laurel lies at Rochambeau’s feet.
The eleven months which the little army of Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, spent in Rhode Island progressed through a process of “getting to know each other”