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Major Jean Villeneuve is loosely based on the French and German officers who volunteered to fight for the American cause. The main inspirations for Villeneuve were probably the Marquis de Lafayette and Baron von Steuben. The Marquis never fought in the South, but he did skirmish against Lt. General Charles Cornwallis in Virginia and he was present at the Siege and Surrender at Yorktown.

Baron von Steuben was at Valley Forge in the winter of 1778 and trained General George Washington's Continental forces. Villeneuve arrives in the South to train the men, although he spends more time training the militia.

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