The family's future misfortune could not have been imagined when young Louis Marc Antoine arrived in America in 1780 with Rochambeau's expedition, preceded by his friend and brother-in-law Lafayette. At this time, de Noailles appears to have been colonel of the Soissonnais regiment (at the age of 24). He participated in the siege of Yorktown and helped arrange the terms of Cornwallis' surrender. By all contemporary accounts, he was a brave, energetic and intelligent young man. Like the Marquis de Rostaing, de Noailles was elected to the Estates-General in 1789 and was at first a keen supporter of reform. However, the increasingly violent and extreme nature of the revolution persuaded him to leave the country, as he emigrated to the United States. There he became a partner in the Bank of North America in Philadelphia. This was the new nation's first central bank, given its charter by Congress in May 1781; it was liquidated in 1908. De Noailles seems to have grown bored with life as a banker as he accepted an offer to join the Vicomte de Rochambeau's expedition to Haiti (then called Sainte Domingue) in 1802. That expedition was intended to deal with the ongoing slave revolt on Haiti, but in May 1803 war broke out again between Britain and France and Rochambeau's force found itself in combat against a British squadron under Rear-Admiral Sir John Duckworth. De Noailles acquitted himself well in the ensuing battle, but while travelling to Cuba afterwards his ship was attacked by and English frigate and de Noailles was severely wounded. He died of his wounds in Havana on 9 January 1804.
De Noailles is painted here as a senior officer in the Soissonnais regiment, which had maroon facings. I haven't yet painted that regiment and it doesn't seem to feature in the "British Grenadier!" scenarios. As for de Noailles himself, in the published "British Grenadier!" scenarios he appear as a brigade commander in the Savannah scenario (with a "poor" rating, which seems a bit of a shame).
1 figure. Painted August 2015.