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Haitian Monument (Close-Up)

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 23 December 2019 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Savannah’s Haitian Monument commemorates the contribution of the Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue to the fight for an independent America. One of the few black regiments to fight for the American side in the Revolutionary War, the soldiers were recruited from present-day Haiti, then the French colony of Saint-Domingue. The Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue were all volunteer soldiers, ten companies of light infantry recruited from amongst the free men of color, as they were then termed, in the former French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti).

The men were enlisted as a special expeditionary force, part of a contingent of French troops brought into the southern theater of the Revolutionary War under the command of the French general Charles Hector, the comte d’Estaing, to reinforce the flagging American side. Though seldom commemorated, black and African-American soldiers participated in their thousands in the Revolutionary War, both as patriots and loyalists. Many were former slaves offered their freedom in exchange for military service; others, such as the Chasseurs-Volontaires, enlisted as free men.

In the early years of the war, African-American soldiers served in the New England militia, fighting at Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill. With the creation of the Continental Army, tensions rose over the inclusion of black men in the American forces. Southern slaveholders were unwilling to arm their slaves, fearing an uprising. The resulting ban on enlisting black soldiers led many African-American men to fight for the British instead, who offered freedom and wages in return for service. By the end of the war about 20,000 black soldiers were fighting for the British side.

A shortage of white recruits brought an end to the American ban on black soldiers, a policy which had always had its opponents (including Continental Army General Nathanael Greene, whose monument stands a few blocks over in Johnson Square). Southern slaveholders continued to resist the enlistment of their slaves.

Recruitment for the Chasseurs-Volontaires was straightforward, with more men signing up than were required. Soldiers came from all walks of life. Some of the men were members of Saint-Domingue’s black elite, for whom signing up may have been a way to express their masculinity and patriotism. Men from less well-to-do backgrounds may have primarily enlisted for the pay, which was the same as that offered to regular (white) French troops. After a several-year term of service, many could hope to have accrued enough money to pay for some land or a start in a trade.

See the full view of the monument from last Thursday HERE.

Photo captured October 6, 2019.

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rem_la from Villiers, France

un bel hommage

23 Dec 2019 5:29am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

Oh yes, Steven. I remember walking all around this to see as much of it as possible. It's quite a monument.

23 Dec 2019 5:46am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A wonderful image of these richly detailed figures. It is a beautiful monument.

23 Dec 2019 6:07am

By Marie from Entre By Marie et Montagnes, France

Another beautiful framing Steven

23 Dec 2019 9:25am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A magnificent capture Steven. 5*

23 Dec 2019 9:42am

Devi from Chennai, India

wonderful image with great details ! fantastic shot !! Thank you for the note too :)))

23 Dec 2019 10:26am

willy from Belgium

"Many were former slaves offered their freedom in exchange for military service..."..

un bel hommage Steven


23 Dec 2019 10:35am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a finely wrought piece of sculpture, nicely captured

23 Dec 2019 10:55am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien ce tir

23 Dec 2019 11:48am

Urspo from Phoenix, United States

The history of Haiti is quite fascinating. I was not aware how much it influences our country's history.

23 Dec 2019 12:58pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What a histoy and good caught this part of the history.

23 Dec 2019 2:22pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel monument et vue ces soldats qui tire au son des tambours excellent

23 Dec 2019 3:22pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Excellent angle for this. I remember being quite moved by this monument. We owe them a debt of gratitude, no doubt!

23 Dec 2019 4:50pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Magnifique hommage avec ce monument !
(Je reviendrai pour la lecture de tes détails car je préfère lire l'original.)

23 Dec 2019 5:54pm

Rose from United States

This sure is a fine monument...

23 Dec 2019 6:30pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

De belles sculptures qui reflètent une histoire fascinante.
Superbe hommage rendu.

23 Dec 2019 7:59pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

A M A Z I N G !!!!!!

23 Dec 2019 8:15pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting statue and a good history lesson to go with it.

23 Dec 2019 9:19pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What a powerful history the country has had.

23 Dec 2019 9:33pm

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Ils tirent au son du tambour.

24 Dec 2019 12:10am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very cool sculpture.

24 Dec 2019 12:30am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is such a wonderful tribute to these Haitian soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. I really like the close up image. Very interesting information.

24 Dec 2019 1:45am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

I think this monument is worth the close up

24 Dec 2019 4:48am

Remus from Portugal

Beautiful detail. Facial expressions are very well delineated.
Great capture.

24 Dec 2019 4:39pm

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Bel hommage rendu à ces soldats qui le méritaient largement.
Merci aussi pour cette tranche d'histoire que je ne connaissais pas.
Le texte joint est indispensable à lire pour la compréhension de ce pan de l'histoire, méconnu du français moyen que je suis.

25 Dec 2019 2:31am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful closeup of the monument. And interesting information on the history. :)

25 Dec 2019 3:49pm