Anne Louis de Tousard journal and letter book

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This digital collection consists of a journal and letter book of Colonel Anne Louis de Tousard (1749-1817). The journal dates to 1791-1792 and was compiled by Tousard while a prisoner at L'Abbaye accused of counter-​revolutionary activities during the 1791 slave insurrection in Saint Domingue (now Haiti) led by Toussaint L'Ouverture. The letter book, dated 1796-1802, documents Tousard's second career in the United States Army. The materials were digitized from microfilm copies. Click here for a detailed description of the letter book and click here for a detailed description of the journal.

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Colonel Anne Louis de Tousard letter book, 1796-1802
Louis de Tousard's letter book documents his second career in the United States Army (1796-1802). It describes his activities as inspector of artillery and his involvement in the founding of the military academy at West Point. Tousard's visits to many of the United States' military coastal installations are well described. The letter book contains copies of Tousard's correspondence with many prominent military officers and government officials including: Colonel Timothy Pickering, Stephen Decatur, James McHenry, and Secretary of War Henry Knox.
Anne Louis Tousard journal, 1791-1792
This journal was compiled from Tousard's papers and includes copies of orders, military correspondence, and proclamations documenting his service as a military officer during the Santo Domingo slave rebellion. It was compiled by Tousard while he was a prisoner at L'Abbaye. He intended to submit this document to the Convention Nationale in order to justify his actions while at Santo Domingo.