French Casualties Worldwide

The casualties resulting from French land and naval actions after France signed the treaty of alliance with the United States in 1778 totaled well over 7,000 dead and well over 8,000 wounded in battle or permanently incapacitated by illness.
Tabulation of French Casualties by Battle Date [PDF file]
compiled by Jacques de Trentinian

The 2,112 Frenchmen 
who died in the United States while fighting for
while fighting for the American Independence

Le Souvenier Franšais (SF) is an organization dedicated to finding and marking the graves of French military personnel who died outside of France. The SF extracted this list of names from The 2112 Frenchmen who died in the United States from 1777 to 1783 while fighting for the American Independence, by Warrington Dawson, Journal de la societe des Americanistes, New series, (1936) Vol. XXVIII, pp 1-154.

The Army Summaries section of the SF booklet [see below for images of the pages] lists the 989 French soldiers who were reported as dying in U.S. theater of operations during the American Revolution (the 990 circled below is in error). About 25% of these died during in the 1778-79 operations (under D'Estaing) and about 75% died during the 1780-83 operations (under Rochambeau). The listing below is posted with the permission of Le Souvenier Franšais. The listing is alphabetic by the location of death (6th column over).

The Navy Summaries section of the SF booklet [not shown here] lists the 1,113 French sailors who were reported as dying in U.S. theater of operations during the American Revolution. The Special Mission Summaries section of the SF booklet [not shown here] lists the 10 French special mission personnel who were reported as dying in U.S. theater of operations during the American Revolution. We hope to post those images here at a later date.

NOTE: For troops in Lauzun's Legionthe SF listing gives the death location only as "Amerique". More specific locations were extracted from the French controles for Lauzun's Legion and were published in The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route in the State of Delaware 1781-1783, by Dr. Robert Selig (State of Delaware, 2003). Ralph Nelson (Delaware Society SAR) added a column noting the state and city in which the Legion was encamped on the date of each death:
      List of Deaths for Lauzun's Legion [PDF file].




















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