1802 - Death of General Leclerc


Next Page

Previous Page
Naval History of Great Britain - Vol III
1802 Death of General Leclerc 173

about the middle of September. The death of General Leclerc of the fever, on the 2d of November, * conferred on General Rochambeau the command of the French forces on the island; but all the efforts of these, ably directed as they were, and although strengthened by the arrival, on the 5th of April, 1803, of a reinforcement of 2000 troops of the line, could not, it is believed, have preserved the colony to France, even if the war between the latter power and England had not, as it just then had, broken out afresh. That war and its mass of interesting details now claim our attention.

* His body, after being embalmed, was conveyed to France on board the (late British) Swiftsure 74.

^ back to top ^