Lot of 2, including a manuscript letter of military appointment, 1p, 8 x 12.5 in., written in French and signed by General Louis Lebegue Duportail (1743-1802) as Minister of War, 1791. The document discloses that King Louis XVI has appointed the unnamed recipient to the position of lieutenant colonel of the 8th cavalry regiment, currently garrisoned in Metz.
Duportail garnered international attention for his leadership during the American Revolution as chief engineer in the Continental Army. He was instrumental in the planning of fortifications from Boston, Massachusetts to Charleston, South Carolina and critically directed the construction of siege works at the Battle of Yorktown. Not long after the American War for Independence, France became embroiled in its own Revolution during Duportail's tenure as Minister of War. The tenuous political climate forced Duportail into hiding, and he ultimately returned to the United States as a refugee, settling at a farm near Valley Forge.
Lot completed by an unrelated French memo, 1p, 5 x 7.75 in., from Paris, dated April 11, 1834. Written on Chamber of Deputies letterhead.
Both with creasing and areas of discoloration.
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