Do you know who Marquis de Lafayette is? Well you should know a lot more information about him after you read this essay about him and his life in the American Revolutionary army. “Marquis de Lafayette was born on September sixth, 1757, in Chavaniac, France” (Biography.com 1). Before turned two his father, a general in the Royal Army and was currently serving in the seven years’ war, was killed. When he was twelve his mother died, and a few weeks later his grandpa also died. After, these deaths he became a very wealthy orphan. When he turned fourteen he, just like his father joined the Royal Army. At the age of sixteen he married a relative to the British king, who was only fourteen at the time. This made his social status go up even farther than he already was. “He first heard of the American Revolution at a dinner. It was held by the Duke of Gloucester, on August eighth, of 1775” (U.S.. History 1). Have you learned anything yet? Well here’s some more. The Duke of Gloucester spoke out about the American Revolutionaries and Marquis became interested. When he started out to the United States from France he had know idea that he would be one of America’s greatest leaders in history. “When he realized his family and the king would disapprove of the trip to America, he asked his friend Comte de Broglie to keep his secret and come to America with him” (U.S.. History 1). He said he would keep his secret but he didn’t want to travel to America. He did though introduce him to Baron Johan de Kalb. He also wanted to travel to America so, after a few put backs, they set up a trip across the Atlantic. With the right documents from Silas Deane they would be appointed to major generals. After Marquis and Baron got their documents, marquis heard of the Americans struggles he felt he had to help. As he heard this he asked some other French officers to come to America and help him with the war. Finally they all got on a ship and left for America. After the long ship ride they landed near Charleston, South Carolina. When the military leaders that were their when they landed learned about what they were their to do, they welcomed them very graciously. When they saw his documents and learned that he was the highest rank you could get of French nobility they commissioned him a major general. Later that summer he met Gorge Washington and ended up having a great friendship for as long as Gorge lived. That was back in the summer of 1777 when Marquis was not yet twenty! As long as Marquis lived he can’t remember a better friendship than that. After that summer he would be fighting in the Battle of Brandywine. The Battle of Brandywine was very devastating for young Marquis. He was shot in the calf and had to surrender the fight. But During the time he was recovering, he was at a hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. George Washington requested the best doctors to take special care of his dearest friend. But young Marquis heeled fast and in October of 1777 he rejoined in to the army. Finally he thought, on December First 1777 congress gave him a role of major general of a division in Virginia. That winter was one of the brutalist winters marquis would live through. That winter was so cold. While there was know actual fighting they all about froze and starved to death that winter. It is said that they all looked like skeletons by the end of the winter. Although that winter left them looking like skeletons they say they came back better and stronger than ever before. Since the winter was over, Marquis took his army to check on the British forces in Philadelphia, he was instructed to go by George Washington. While his little army was camped out on Barren Hill, also later renamed as Lafayette Hill after Marquis, British general William Howe learned that marquis and his army were on the hill. William decided to capture him because of his military position, and his icon for the French patriots. While Marquis and his troops were asleep that night, the British attacked. He and his troops immediately went all different directions, but he wasn’t going to let the British get to him yet. He quickly rounded up his troops and had them retreat in small groups. His idea worked perfectly for not being planned and thrown together at the last minute. As he could hear the shots getting closer he sent some of his men go up on the hill and shoot down on the British every once in a while. As the other men were doing that as a distraction, he got all the other men rounded up. Then they all marched away together feeling good that they won that fight, and they left General Howe Disappointed that he lost a bunch of troops to a lost cause. After this fight marquis traveled back to France to talk to King Louis the sixteenth about some more aid. When Marquis was in France he got more military responsibility to take on when he came back to the United States. When he got back to the United States he helped contain the British general Cornwallis’s army at Yorktown, while other troops of George Washington’s surrounded the area and forced a surrender. “That was the last major battle of the revolutionary war” (Biography.com 2). After this battle Marquis went back to France. It was December 1781 and Marquis reentered the French army and was the organizer of agreements. “With the country on the edge of political outbreak he advocated for a governing body representing three social classes, suddenly violence broke out and he was in charge of protecting his royal family” (Biography.com 2). After this he fled the country, but was taken by Australian forces and didn’t return to France until 1799. Even when he was back in France he still felt like he should keep a low profile just to be sure he wouldn’t be caught. Finally in 1830 when King Charles the tenth was overthrown he could come out of hiding. As he came out of hiding he was offered the job to become dictator but turned the offer down. Sadly in 1824 he died of a battle with pneumonia on May twentieth at the age of seventy-eighth.