The Case of M. de La Touché

By G. Rutherford, published February 1948


Nelson’s unflattering remarks on the character of his opponent in the Mediterranean, Admiral de La Touché-Treville, mentioned in the Barham Papers, were in respect of an episode in New York in the autumn of 1782 after the Comte de la Touché, as he was then known, had been captured in his frigate Aigle. It is now possible, from more recent published, unpublished and French sources, to reconstruct that episode more fully and to reveal a small comedy in which La Touché appears to be of a quite different nature.

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Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

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