About Norm

Revolutionary War Author and Historian

Revolutionary Imprints

Norman Desmarais, professor emeritus at Providence College, lives in Lincoln, RI.  He is an active re-enactor, a member of the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment, Le Regiment Bourbonnais, and the Brigade of the American Revolution. He is editor-in-chief of The Brigade Dispatch, the journal the Brigade of the American Revolution and the author of Battlegrounds of Freedom, the The Guide to the American Revolutionary War (6-volumes), and The Guide to the American Revolutionary War at Sea  (7 volumes) which covers more than 10,500 actions. He has also translated the Gazette Françoise, the French newspaper published in Newport, RI by the French fleet that brought the Count de Rochambeau and 6800 French troops to America in July 1780. It is the first known service newspaper published by an expeditionary force.

Norman was inducted into the American French Genealogical Society French-Canadian Hall of Fame in 2015.

He has also written a number of articles, including:

 Rochambeau’s Arrest .  Journal of the American Revolution. November 15, 2016.

A French Officer Seeks to Rebuild Aquidneck Island’s Revolutionary War Fortifications.
Online Journal of Rhode Island History. August 25, 2016.

Captain De Latouche-Tréville’s Strange Affair.
Journal of the American Revolution. July 28, 2016.

The French Soldiers Who Died at Newport During the Revolutionary War. Online Journal of Rhode Island History. March 4, 2016.

The French Soldiers Commemorated at the North Burial Ground in Providence.
Online Journal of Rhode Island History. Oct. 15, 2015.

Russia and the American War for Independence.
Journal of the American Revolution. Sept. 14, 2015

A Colonial Newport Tunnel Perfect for Smuggling?
The Online Review of Rhode Island History. June 18, 2015.

The Best 5 Revolutionary War Sites. Yankee. March-April 2014 p. 28.

Mapping the British and French Occupation of Newport. The Brigade Dispatch. 43:1 (Spring 2013) pp. 9-13.

by Norm Desmarais