HEROS of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Commemorated at
LAFAYETTE PARK

District of Columbia

Lafayette Park, located on Pennsylvania Avenue, across from the White House in the Nation's Capital, received its name upon Lafayette's triumphant tour of the United States in 1824. Though the park is dominated in the center by an equestrain statue of General Andrew Jackson (who as a young boy was involved in the Revolution), the four corners of the park contain statues to European military heros in the American Revolution.

Major General (US) Marquis de Lafayette (1787-1834).
Monument was constructed in 1891 at southeast corner of the park.

Sculptors: Jean Alexandre Joseph and Antonin Mercié.

Visit Lafayette's webpage.

Accompaning the monument are images of some his compatriots who also contributed to the American cause in 1777-1783:

Comte de Grasse and Comte d'Estaing, two French naval commanders, are depicted on the east side of Lafayette's monument.

Visit webpage of French Naval Leaders in the American War for Independence.

Comte de Rochambeau and Chevalier du Portail, two French land army officers, are depicted on the west side of Lafayette's monument.
Du Portail was also a brigadier general and Chief Engineer in the Continental Army. He is recognized as 'the Father of the US Army's Corps of Engineers'.
Lieutenant General Comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807)
Monument was constructed in 1902 at southwest corner of the park.

Scluptor: J.J. Fernand Hamar. Statue is a copy of the one at Vendôme, France, near Rochambeau's home.

Visit Rochambeau's webpage.

Major General (US) Wilhelm von Steuben (1730-1794).
Constructed in 1910 at northwest corner.
Prussian officer, who with French assistance, joined the American army. In 1778, at Valley Forge, he provided invaluable military instruction to the American army. He later commanded American units in the south.

Sculptor: Albert Jaegers.
Brigadier General (US) Thaddeus Kosciuszko (1746-1817).
Constructed in 1910 at northeast corner.
A Polish patriot and French-trained military engineer, who later fought for Poland's independence.

Sculptor: Antoni Popiel.
West side depicts a 'fallen Kosciuszko' directing a Polish soldier to return to the battlefield. The east side depicts Kosciuszko in an American uniform freeing a bound soldier, which represents the American Revolutionary soldiers.
Casimir Pulaski (1748-1779), in hussar uniform he wore when mortally wounded leading a cavalry charge at Savannah.
Another Polish patriot who served the American cause.

While not at Lafayette Park, his equestrain statue is located at the northeast corner of Western Plaza (surrounded by Pennsylvania Ave., between 13th and 14th streets), a few blocks east of Lafayette Park.
Bernardo de Galvez (1746-1786).
Governor of Spanish Louisiana. Independent of American operations, and on his own initiative he conducted Spanish forces, sometimes with a few French, he took the British river posts of Manchac, Baton Rouge, and Natchez in 1779. In 1780, he captured Mobile and Pensacola.

His equestrain statue is also not at Lafayette Park, but located beside the Department of State on Virginia Ave. in DC.

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