History of marquis de Lafayette

The marquis de Lafayette was a French nobleman who, at the age of 19, defied his king by sailing to America in 1777 to fight in the Revolutionary War against England. His bravery and leadership in the field, his loyalty to General George Washington, his generosity in spending most of his personal wealth on the American cause, and his success in persuading the French king to send soldiers and money were decisive factors in America’s victory. Lafayette’s brilliant command of the Virginia army enabled him to corner General Cornwallis at Yorktown and proved to be the turning point of the Revolutionary War.

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City Hall Bust & Lafayette Portrait - Joseph Desire Court

Observer Fayetteville


The pride of all hearts and the delight of all eyes, the illustrious American General Lafayette, arrived here on Friday evening last.

We cannot pretend to give a regular correct detail of the scenes to which his presence gave rise. The task were far above our ability. Such, however, as in in our power, we must offer our readers.

The general entered the town about 3 o’clock, accompanied by his Son and Secretary; the Governor of this State; Gen. Wm. Williams, of Warren, and Col. J. G. A. Williamson, of Person, who had been appointed by the Governor to escort him through the State, and Judge Taylor, of Raleigh, in behalf of the citizens of that place. He was escorted from Raleigh by Col. Polk’s fine troop of Cavalry from Mecklenburg, was met at the house of Robert Campbell, Esq. 10 miles from town, by the Fayetteville troop of Flying Artillery, commanded by Col. Townes, and at Clarendon Bridge by Maj. Strange’s Independent Company, Capt. Hawley’s Eagle Artillery, and Capt. Birdsall’s Light Artillery. The whole cavalcade proceeded thence, amidst the discharge of artillery, to the Town House, where several hundred persons were assembled, numbers of whom, though the rain continued to descend, as it had done for several previous days, with little intermission, had patiently awaited the approach of the General, regardless of every consideration of comfort of health. When arrived in front of the Town House, where a spacious stage had been erected for the occasion, the troops formed lines on each side of the street, and the carriages, containing the General and his suite, passed between them to the east door of the House. Here, alighting from his carriage, with the gentlemen accompanying him, he was met by Judge Toomer, who, in behalf of the Committee and the citizens of Fayetteville, welcomed him in the following words, pronounced in the forcible manner for which the Judge is so remarkable.