Photo by Rue Merindol.
Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
If you’re like GM, you’ve always assumed the bridge that P St. travels over as it travels over Rock Creek was simply called “P St. Bridge”. You’d be forgiven in thinking this primarily because A) that’s what it is and B) there’s an old copper sign along the bridge that calls it that.
Well apparently the bridge has a fancier name too: Lauzun’s Legion Bridge. This name was generated by the Dupont ANC way back in 2006. The name was chosen to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Revolutionary War. Lauzun’s Legion was, according to Wikipedia:
Lauzun’s Legion was a specially constructed unit that was formed in March 1780 from various detachments of French and many foreign volunteers in the French army and navy. Most of the Legion was composed of units from the Volontaires Etrangers de la Marine (Foreign Marine Volunteers) created in September 1778 by the naval minister Gabriel de Sartine, and ‘propriétaire’ status had been granted to Armand Louis de Gontaut, due de Lauzun. The corps comprised three legions, each consisting of four companies of grenadiers, chasseurs and fusiliers, plus artillery, cavalry and pioneer detachments. As with other 18th century “legions” the intention was to create a miniature army which could campaign as a single entity. As indicated by the title, the corps was recruited primarily from German, Polish and Irish mercenaries.
Legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee passed away last night. Obviously known more for his professional career, Bradlee’s name was for decades synonymous with Georgetown. Fittingly he died in his stately home on N St.
GM won’t bother trying to draft his own obituary for such a figure, so he’ll do what bloggers do best, link to better articles: