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Lafayette   By: (1854-1924)

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True Stories Of Great Americans

LAFAYETTE

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The MacMillan Company New York · Boston · Chicago · Dallas Atlanta · San Francisco

MacMillan & Co., Limited London · Bombay · Calcutta Melbourne

The MacMillan Co. of Canada, Ltd. Toronto

[Illustration: PORTAIT OF LAFAYETTE. From an authentic portrait. This shows Lafayette as a youthful general.]

LAFAYETTE

by

MARTHA FOOTE CROW

And what gave he to us? He gave his starry youth, His quick, audacious sword, His name, his crested plume. And what gave we? We gave a nation's heart!

New York The MacMillan Company 1918

All rights reserved

Copyright, 1916, by The MacMillan Company.

Set up and electrotyped. Published May, 1916. Reprinted October, 1917.

Norwood Press J.S. Cushing Co. Berwick & Smith Co. Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I PAGE A BOY OF THE FRENCH NOBILITY 1

CHAPTER II COLLEGE AND COURT 10

CHAPTER III A BOY'S IDEALS 21

CHAPTER IV THE GREAT INSPIRATION 27

CHAPTER V FIRST DAYS IN AMERICA 42

CHAPTER VI LAFAYETTE AT THE BRANDYWINE 52

CHAPTER VII A SUCCESSFUL FAILURE 62

CHAPTER VIII LAFAYETTE AT MONMOUTH 73

CHAPTER IX THE RETURN TO FRANCE 86

CHAPTER X LAFAYETTE IN VIRGINIA 100

CHAPTER XI THE TWO REDOUBTS 111

CHAPTER XII THE SURRENDER OF YORKTOWN 119

CHAPTER XIII LIONIZED BY TWO WORLDS 128

CHAPTER XIV GATHERING CLOUDS 137

CHAPTER XV LAFAYETTE IN PRISON 144

CHAPTER XVI AN ATTEMPTED RESCUE 154

CHAPTER XVII A WELCOME RELEASE 171

CHAPTER XVIII A TRIUMPHAL TOUR 179

CHAPTER XIX LAST DAYS OF LAFAYETTE 193

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

PORTRAIT OF LAFAYETTE Frontispiece

FACING PAGE THE COUNCIL AT HOPEWELL 78

THE SURRENDER OF CORNWALLIS 126

FRANCIS KINLOCH HUGER 160

A CARRIAGE IN WHICH LAFAYETTE RODE 186

THE CHILDREN'S STATUE OF LAFAYETTE 196

LAFAYETTE

CHAPTER I

A BOY OF THE FRENCH NOBILITY

Among the rugged Auvergne Mountains, in the southern part of France, stands a castle that is severe and almost grim in its aspect. Two bare round towers flank the building on the right and on the left. Rows of lofty French windows are built across the upper part of the front, and the small, ungenerous doorway below has a line of portholes on either side that suggest a thought of warlike days gone by.

This castle, built in the fourteenth century, is called the Château de Chaviniac de Lafayette. Though it was burned to the ground in 1701, it was rebuilt as nearly like the earlier structure as possible; hence it represents, as it stands, the chivalrous days of the crusading period and so forms a fitting birthplace for a hero. In this half military château was born one of the most valiant champions of liberty that any country has ever produced the Marquis de Lafayette.

The climate of the Haute Loire the highlands of Auvergne is harsh; it has been called the French Siberia. There are upland moors like deserts across which sweep fierce winds, where the golden broom and the purple heather flowers of the barren heights are all that will flourish. There are, indeed, secluded valleys filled with muskmallows and bracken, but these are often visited by wild tempests, and sudden floods may make the whole region dreary and dangerous... Continue reading book >>




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