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Memorial to the French Fleet

 
 
Memorial to the French Fleet image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
1. Memorial to the French Fleet
The foundation of the pyramid is undergoing repair and the markers were partially obscured when these photos were taken.
Inscription.
[ South side : ]
Near this spot
the French army of 6000 men
led by General Rochambeau
our allies
in the War for Independence
first set foot upon American soil
July XIII 1780

[ East side : ]
I welcome the news
of your arrival
A new mark of friendship
from his most Christian Majesty
-
George Washington

[ West side : ]
Erected by the
Newport Historical Society
Gift of Roderick Terry
1928

[ North side : ]
Stone 19.5 " x 17.5" 1780
July 11
1902 unsigned

 
Erected 1928 by Newport Historical Society.
 
Location. 41° 28.605′ N, 71° 19.294′ W. Marker is in Newport, Rhode Island, in Newport County. Marker is on Wellington Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located at the waterfront in Kings Park. Marker is in this post office area: Newport RI 02840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rochambeau (a few steps from this marker); Newport Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); J. Joseph M. Martin (approx. half a mile away); Fort Adams
South Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
2. South Marker
(approx. mile away); a different marker also named Fort Adams (approx. 0.8 miles away); Understanding the Fort (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jonathan Gibbs House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Erich A. OD. Taylor (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport.
 
More about this marker. Monument is a pyramid-shaped structure topped with a tripod decorated with sea horses and laurels.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
East Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
3. East Marker
West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
4. West Marker
North Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
5. North Marker
The stone marker on the north side of the pyramid, containing the date 1780 July 9th 1902, was originally intended to be the cornerstone of a larger monument.
Memorial to the French Fleet image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
6. Memorial to the French Fleet
Newport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
7. Newport Marker
Marker in Kings Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
8. Marker in Kings Park
Rochambeau image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
9. Rochambeau
This statue of General Rochambeau looking out over Newport Harbor is located just in front of the memorial (seen in the left background).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 563 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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