Vertieres, Near Cap-Haitian, Site of Last Battle Before Haiti independence

This was the last battle of the Expedition Santo Domingo. The battle took place in Vertières Vertières near Cap Francais, now known as Cap-Haitian. It involves a troop commanded by General Rochambeau for the French Colonizer and General Jean-Jacques Dessalines, leader of the slave rebellion.


On November 18, 1803 , Jean-Jacques Dessalines ordered François Capois (Capois lamort) Brigade to take Fort Vertières, located on a hill near the city of Cap-Haitian. Capois raised several unsuccessful attempts by had to go back due to heavy fire from the fort.

After the third attempts where many of his forces received many casualties, Capois-La-Mort asked his force to follow him, shouting: "Forward! Forward". At one point, his horse was hit by a cannon and fell, but Capois took his sword, stood up and ran again to the head of his soldiers shouting always "Forward! Forward".

At this time, a messenger of Rochambeau mounted his horse and rode to Capois-La-Mort to send a note of compliment from the French general.

By the evening of November 18, and after reinforcement was sent to Capoix-La-Mort, Gabart took position on the hill Charrier. Two thirds of the French soldiers were killed or injured.

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Pierre says...

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