; born in Paris
, April 17, 1756; was a distinguished military officer under Rochambeau
in the siege of Yorktown
, where he commanded a regiment, and was one of the commissioners to arrange articles of capitulation for the surrender of Cornwallis.
He was brotherin-law of Lafayette
; and in 1789, with other nobles, laid aside his titles and sat with the Third Estate, or Commons, in the French Parliament.
As the Revolution assumed the form of a huge tyranny, he left the army and came to the United States
Re-entering the French
service in 1803, he was sent to Santo Domingo
in that year, where he was mortally wounded in an action with an English vessel, and died in Havana, Cuba
, Jan. 9, 1804.
During his absence in the United States
his wife was guillotined.