Vertieres, Near Cap-Haitian, Site Of Last Battle Before Haiti Independence

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The Battle of Vertiere, near Cap-Haitian

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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