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ROSTAING, Just Antoine Henri Marie Ger-main, Marquis de, French soldier, born in the chateau of Vauchette, near Montbrison, France, 24 November, 1740; died there in September, 1826. He was first attached to the household of the "grand danphin," and afterward was first page to Louis XV. After serving in Germany as a cavalry officer, he joined the musketeers in 1769, and became colonel of the Auxerrois regiment. He was transferred to the command of the G'gtinois, and ordered to this country under the command of Rochambeau, where he remained from 1780 till 1783. For his bravery in the attack on St. Lucia, and at the siege of Yorktown, he received the cross of St. Louis, was made a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, and promoted brigadier. After his return to France he was a delegate to the constituent assembly, and on 20 March, 1792, he was commissioned lieutenant-general. Shortly afterward he retired to his estates, where he spent his remaining days.
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