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DEUXPONTS, Christian, Comte de Forbach des, born in Deuxponts, Bavaria, 20 October 1752. He became colonel of the Royal Deux Ponts French regiment in 1775, served with Rochambeau in this country in 1780'3, and was distinguished at Yorktown. He afterward commanded the Bavarian corps at Hohenlinden in 1800, and received the grand cross of the order of Maximilian Joseph for his gallantry.
His brother, William, born 18 June 1754; died sixteen years before his brother, became lieutenant colonel of his brother's regiment. 2 October 1779, and was wounded in the attack on the redoubt at Yorktown, on the night of 14 October 1781. For his services there he was made by the king of France a chevalier of the military order of St. Louis, and was mentioned particularly in Baron Viomesnil's report to Rochambeau. He afterward held the honorable post of commander of the palace guard at the Bavarian court. Colonel Trumbull's painting of the surrender of Cornwallis, in the rotunda of the capitol at Washington, contains portrait of Count des Deuxponts. He left in manuscript "Mes campagnes d'Amerique," which was found on a Paris bookstall in 1867 by Dr. Samuel Abbott Green, and published by him, with an English translation and notes (Boston, 1868).
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