John and liste,
A very good friend of mine here in Petersburg, has a brother who, until a
couple of years ago, lived in (I believe) "Geneva", Switzerland and belonged
to a small Swiss chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. The
chapter boasted both the current Comte Rochambeau and Marquis de Lafayette.
From: John Seitz [mailto:JJSEITZ@...
Sent: Sunday, October 31, 1999 3:55 PM
To: Rev List
Subject: [Revlist] Re: Rochambeau
From: John Seitz <JJSEITZ@...
I will not add to the learned discourse regarding the first Comte
Rochambeau or his son, Lt. Gen. Rochambeau, as this has been quite
complete. but you might like to know that the Rochambeaus still are extant
During the "return" of "French" troops to France in '83, I had the pleasure
of passing my sword to the then extant Comte Rochambeau in their family
cemetery near his estate to deliver the command of execution (Feu !) for
the volley fired by the recreated Armee Rochambeau over the grave of his
most distinguished ancestor. His son, whom I believe currently holds the
title, was presenrt, and marched with us throughtout all ceremonies in
France, as was his then eight-year-old grandson, who doubtless will
He and his family were most welcoming, and, indeed, held a reception for
the "French" troops at their chateau, which included opening their private
family museum (in which were displayed not one, but several, Marashal's
batons awarded to members of the family by various reigning authorities in
France). Indeed, the family, in its continuity of duty and service to
France, does rather better than any particulat regieme...
Life goes on -- but so does tradition...
J'ai l'Honneur, MM et Mesdames, etc. -- John Seitz
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