Prissy patted her mouth daintily with her napkin, then explained that, like Washington himself, Lafayette had won very few actual battles but was still a great leader. He had been one of the richest men in France and knew the French queen well. His father-in-law, an extremely powerful aristocrat, had not wanted him to go to America, so sent Lafayette off to England, hoping to change his mind. During his brief visit there, Lafayette had met the English king, George the Third, as well as General Clinton, who later was the commander of all the British forces fighting against us in the War of Independence. Even this did not budge Lafayette from his determination to help America, however.
“So Lafayette’s connections were of the highest, even with the British, ironically enough,” she finished.
Father chuckled. “Yes, I suspect that those high connections were certainly part of the reason Congress and Washington gave him such a high rank. They thought such connections might help our cause. Not to mention that the young nobleman’s pockets were well-nigh lined with gold!”
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