September 1779 Aboard the French Brig Caesar 74 Gun Frigate Battle of Newport Period with Compte d'Estaing
September 1779-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Manuscript Document in French, Aboard the French Frigate “Ceasar,” Choice Extremely Fine.
Dated September 1779, aboard the Frigate Ceasar, where orders are given from (Lt. General of the Navy, Jean-Joseph de Rafélis) comte de Broves regarding supplies of fruit aboard and dividing them up for normal crew and some for the crew of the canons... Signed, document measures 6” x 8” being in exceptionally choice condition.
In 1778, the Count D'Estaing made the Delaware Capes with the following squadron of twelve ships, and four frigates, viz., Languedoc, 90 guns; Tonnant, 80 guns; Caesar, 74 guns; Guerriere, 74 guns; Protecteur, 74 guns ; Provence, 64 guns; Valliant, 64 guns; Saggitaire, 54 guns; Chiniere, 30 guns; L'Engeante, 26 guns; L'Alemence, 26 guns; L'Arimable, 26 guns.When the gale subsided, several of the ships met and fought indecisive actions. The "Dawson" met D'Estaing's flag-ship, the "Languedoc," dismasted and with her rudder broken, fired a few shots at her and sailed away. The "Preston" met the "Tonant" and fought until night ended the engagement. The "Isis" and the French ship "Caesar," neither of which had suffered in the storm, fought hotly almost side by side for an hour and a half, when the Captain of the "Caesar" having lost his arm, abandoned the fight and the "Isis" was too much crippled to follow.
But the general result of the whole affair was that the two fleets were scattered along the coast of New England and some of the British vessels are supposed to have been driven as far south as Virginia. The British returned to New York to refit; some of the French are said to have refitted in the Delaware; but all the French vessels, except the "Caesar," which went to Boston, appear to have returned to Newport on the 20th of August.
In 1782, West Indies, in an naval attack by Admiral Rodney ,the Caesar, was the first French ship that struck, whose captain fought with great gallantry, and fell in the action ; and when she struck she had not a single foot of canvas, through which a shot had not passed, She unfortunately blew up, however, soon after she was taken, with about 200 Frenchmen, who perished on board her.