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Robert Selig, La Médaille d’Or des Valeurs Francophones

Robert A. Selig is a historical consultant who received his Ph.D. in history from the Universität Würzburg in Germany in 1988.

He is a specialist on the role of French forces under the comte de Rochambeau during the American War of Independence and serves as project historian to the National Park Service as well as state and private organizations for the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Project.

For this project he researched and wrote surveys and resource inventories for the nine states through which American and French forces marched in 1781 and 1782. Among his publications connected with this project is Hussars in Lebanon! A Connecticut Town and Lauzun’s Legion during the American Revolution, 1780-1781 (Lebanon, 2004).

He has published more than 100 articles in scholarly and popular history magazines such as the William and Mary Quarterly, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal of Caribbean History, American Heritage, Naval History, Military History Quarterly, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Journal of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association as well as chapters in various books and anthologies.

His most recent publications include "The Politics of Arming America or: Why are there still dozens of Vallière 4-lb Cannon à la suédoise in the United States but only four in all of Europe?" in: New Perspectives on the "Last Argument of Kings". (Ticonderoga, NY: Fort Ticonderoga Press, 2018), pp. 30-51, and "Hessian Savages, Frog-Eating Frenchmen, and Virtuous Americans, 1776-1783. How Personal Experiences Change Time-honored Perceptions" in : The American Revolution: A World War David K. Allison and Larrie D. Ferreiro, eds., (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 2018), pp. 170-185.

His honors and awards include the ordre des palmes académiques (August 2011) and the Distinguished Patriot Award, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (September 2012).

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