By Laura Auricchio, and Grover Gardner
This biography details the extraordinary life of Lafayette, the beloved General during the American Revolution. Lafayette was born of French nobility and took up the American cause at the age of nineteen. He was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine, making a name for himself in the heart of the American people.
After the Storming of the Bastille, Lafayette was appointed the commander of the French National Guard. His own country was in upheaval and he, at times, was outspoken on the direction the Revolution was heading. The Jacobins radical form of government eventually became the majority, and the factions ordered Lafayette’s arrest.
After attempting to flee, Lafayette along with others was imprisoned in Austria. He remained in prison for years. The majority of the French people were leary of Lafayette’s return to France in 1800. Lafayette never again won the hearts of the French people. However, his fame in America continued to grow.