He was born and raised in Eastern France and was the last child in his family. He spent his early life working on his family's farm and helping out however he could. He joined the Navy at the age of 19. He died at the age of 65.
Roles In The War and Naval Career
After he joined the Navy at the age of 19 he was in command of many ships and the ship he was in was called the flag ship. He spent the majority of his career on a ship but also participated in many land battles. Some of them where the battle of Saintes and the battle of Yorktown. One of his goals in the war was to defeat Cornwallis and his army at Yorktown and he would do that by winning the battle of Chesapeake. The battle of Yorktown was the last major battle of the war and he came to the aid of general Washington and helped them defeat the British. They did that by drawing the British fleet away from land and blockaded the shore line and waited till they surrendered
The Battle of Saintes
This battle was a very costly battle for both sides. It wasn't so much from killing each other but more from the violent storms that wiped the majority of the ships out and sunk them or damaged them. Admiral degrasse was less fortunate when he headed back out to sea, he was defeated and taken prisoner after the battle of Saintes by Admiral Rodney. He was taken to London participated in the peace treaty op Paris and then went back to France and became a court martial.
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