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MORTEMART, Victurnien Henry Elzear de Rochechouart, Viscount de (mor-tay-marr), French naval officer, born in Paris in 1757; died in Fort de France, Martinique, in 1783. He became a midshipman in 1771 and a lieutenant in 1779, serving in the West Indies during the war of 1778-'83. He accompanied de Grasse in Chesapeake bay in 1781, and fought with the marines in the assault on Yorktown in October, 1781. Having captured the English frigate " Isis" in Chesapeake bay, 12 April, 1782, he was promoted commodore and appointed to the command of a division, with which he defeated the English off Martinique. He died from yellow fever a few weeks after the conclusion of peace in 1783.
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