Lecture: American Connections: The Chasseurs Volontaires and the Haitian Revolution

This lecture will be presented by Dr. Julia Gaffield, Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University. Dr. Gaffield’s lecture will discuss the Battle of Savannah and the Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue, a French regiment made up of men of color, who fought alongside Americans in an allied attack on the British defenses surrounding Savannah. Although the allied French and Americans lost this battle, it is today memorialized on Battlefield Park and featured as part of Coastal Heritage Society's Loyalists & Liberty Battlefield Tours. In this talk, Dr. Julia Gaffield will discuss her extensive research and work on the nation of Haiti and its fascinating history. Dr. Gaffield will discuss the Chasseurs themselves and the impact of the American Revolution on the Haitian Revolution just a few decades later.

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