Jean-Joseph Sourbader de Gimat

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Jean-Joseph Sourbader de Gimat
Born 1743 or 1747
Died unknown
Allegiance Kingdom of France Kingdom of France
United States United States
Service/branch Infantry
Years of service Kingdom of France 1761–1776
United States 1776–1782
Kingdom of France 1782–1792
Rank United States Lieutenant Colonel
Kingdom of France Colonel
Battles/wars Battle of Brandywine (1777)
Battle of Gloucester (1777)
Battle of Barren Hill (1778)
Battle of Monmouth (1778)
Battle of Green Spring (1781)
Siege of Yorktown (1781)

Jean-Joseph Sourbader de Gimat was a volunteer French officer who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Born into a military family, he entered the French royal army in 1761. By 1776 he was a first lieutenant but went to America with Gilbert Motier, marquis de La Fayette with the promise of becoming a major. After serving as La Fayette's aide at Brandywine, Gloucester, Barren Hill, and Monmouth, he went back to France for one year. Returning to America in 1780, he was appointed to command a light infantry unit which fought at Green Spring in 1781. He led his men in a successful assault at Yorktown that same year. He returned to France in 1782 and was named colonel in command of a colonial regiment in Martinique. He later was governor of Saint Lucia from 1789 to 1792.


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