Cap Francois 25 March 1783
Claude—Amable de Roeplant—Baron de L’Estrade, Brigadier of the Armys of the king Lt Colonel of the Regiment of Royal Auvergne formerly Gatinois—was born the 17 March 1725 & began his Services in Bohemia in 1742—He has been present at a number of Seiges, Attacks Battles, Skirmishes, passages of Rivers, Escalades Assaults, & taking of Posts—having served all the wars since 1740—and was particularly at the attack of the redoubt at York with four hundred Grenadiers which he commanded which Redoubt was taken from Lord Cornwallis by Storm after clearing away the Abbatis & other obstacles under a heavy fire of Musketry.
I ask from his Excellency General Washington the favor of his obtaining for me the commandment in second of the North Coast of St Domingo occupied by Mr Lilancour Brigadier who retires—I hope he will have the goodness to recollect my Zeal for the Service of Congress & that it will determine him to ask by his Ambassador at Versailles the Command I request which will be a recompence for forty Years service & for my Wounds—the Marquis de Castries will not refuse it to your sollicitations & to those of Congress if they are well presented and Supported by your Ambassador—And I will not cease my vows for your Excellency
(Signed) L. baron de LEstrade
brigadier des Armees du Roy
Lt Colo. du royal Auvernge
DLC: Papers of George Washington.