Noted for Your Evening Procrastination for December 7, 2014
Liveblogging World War I: December 8, 1914: Battle of the Falkland Islands

Liveblogging the American Revolution: December 7, 1776: Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette

NewImageWikipedia: Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette:

Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette, Marquis de Lafayette... 6 September 1757 – 20 May 1834).... Born in Chavaniac, in the province of Auvergne in south central France, Lafayette came from a wealthy landowning family. He followed its martial tradition, and was commissioned an officer at age 13... a sous-lieutenant in the Musketeers.... Jean-Paul-François de Noailles, Duc d'Ayen, was looking to marry off some of his five daughters. The young Lafayette, aged 14, seemed a good match to him for his 12-year-old daughter, Marie Adrienne Françoise... agreeing not to mention the marriage plans for two years, during which time the two spouses-to-be would meet from time to time, seemingly accidentally. The scheme worked; the two fell in love and were happy together....

After the marriage contract was signed in 1773, Lafayette lived with his young wife in his father-in-law's house in Versailles.... In September 1775, when Lafayette turned 18, he returned to Paris and received the captaincy in the Dragoons he had been promised as a wedding present. In December, his first child, Henriette, was born. During these months, Lafayette became convinced that the American Revolution reflected his own beliefs, saying 'My heart was dedicated.'[18]

The year 1776 saw delicate negotiations between American agents, including Silas Deane, with Louis XVI and his foreign minister, Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes. The king and his minister hoped that by supplying the Americans with arms and officers, they might restore French influence in North America, and exact revenge against England for the loss in the Seven Years' War (known in America as the French and Indian War). When Lafayette heard that French officers were being sent to America, he demanded to be among them. He met Deane, and persuaded him to include him despite his youth. On 7 December 1776, Deane enlisted Lafayette as a major general...