rock the redoubt

gaylauncelot  asked:

I was just curious if you know anything about the relationship between Laurens and Lafayette? Forgive me if this has already been asked.

I honestly can’t tell you a whole lot about the Laurens/Lafayette relationship.  Here is how Chernow describes their relationship in his Hamilton bio:

“The gay trio to which Hamilton and Laurens belonged was made complete by Lafayette,” Hamilton’s grandson later wrote.  “On the whole, there was something about them rather suggestive of the three famous heroes of Dumas.”  Lafayette always spoke of his two American friends in the most affectionate terms.  Of Laurens he wrote that “his openness, integrity, patriotism, and splendid gallantry have made me his devoted friend.”

We also have this quote about Lafayette remembering Hamilton and Laurens (from “The Middle Templar at Washington’s Side” by Eric Stockdale):

At the outset of the Franco-American assault on Yorktown, Laurens was back at Washington’s side as one of his five aides, but the general allowed him to go and command a battalion in Lafayette’s light infantry division, in which Alexander Hamilton commanded another. On 14 October 1781, Laurens and Hamilton jointly attacked the pivotal Redoubt No. 10, next to the mouth of the York River, and succeeded in taking it. This stronghold was later known as the Rock Redoubt and a triumphal arch was erected on it years later for a visit by Lafayette. America’s gallant French friend then made a point of paying tribute to the part his light infantry had played in the battle, and referred by name to his two officers, Hamilton and Laurens.

Since Laurens and Lafayette (and Hamilton) were both young men who were excited to fight in the war to earn glory and win freedom for America, it seems that they got along well.  Laurens, Lafayette, and Hamilton were also all fluent in French, which probably made communication easier.