Mr. Towne spoke up. “Yes, that does sounds like Lafayette, who was as good-humored as he was courageous. Or so I understand. A New Hampshire man who fought at the Battle of Brandywine told me how Lafayette rushed to help our General Sullivan’s troops when they were outflanked by the Lobsterbacks.”
“What are Lobsterbacks?” I asked.
Mr. Towne explained that this term referred to British soldiers, whom we Americans had called “Redcoats” or “Lobsterbacks” because of their scarlet uniforms.
Another question spilled out of me. “So Lafayette tried to help?”
The old veteran nodded and told us how Lafayette had rallied on the soldiers, even after he was wounded, and then helped keep the retreat orderly.
“It could easily have turned into a rout, with men just running wildly away. That saved many American lives,” he said.
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