• French General D'Estaing Orders Flogging Of Impertinent Soldier In 1766

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    CHARLES HECTOR D'ESTAING (November 24, 1729 – April 28, 1794) was a French general and admiral. He began his service as a soldier in the War of Austrian Succession, briefly spending time as a prisoner of war of the British during the Seven Years’ War. Naval exploits during the latter war prompted him to change branches of service, and he transferred to the French Navy.  After France’s entry into the American Revolutionary War in 1778, d’Estaing led a fleet to support the Americans.  He participated in a failed Franco-American siege of Newport, Rhode Island in 1778 and the Siege of Savannah.  He held personal loyalties to the French royal family, resulting in his execution by guillotine in the Reign of Terror.



    Offering a fine Document Signed, "Estaing," ordering Lt. General of Naval Forces De Monteil to flog a soldier for impertinence toward an officer, in French. 1/2 page, tall, 7 ¾ x 12, with integral blank; "On board the Defender," 8 July 1766


    Small hole at center, not affecting text, faint foxing at upper edge. Folds.


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