'Hamilton' parody raps on Lafayette in York

Written by Ed Mahon/York Daily Record | May 9, 2016 12:40 PM

The statue of the Marquis de Lafayette in York along with a bobblehead of the Revolutionary War hero, which will be given away to the first 1,500 fans at the York Revolution baseball game Friday.(Photo: Eileen Joyce, York Daily Record)

(York) -- The Lafayette legacy is secure.

America's "favorite fighting Frenchman" has a big role in "Hamilton," the hit Broadway musical that won a Pulitzer Prize and received a record 16 Tony nominations.

In York, a statue of the Revolutionary War hero stands in front of 157 W. Market St., in honor of him thwarting a scheme, known as the Conway Cabal, to oust George Washington as the head of the Continental Army. The plan, according to historians, was to have Gen. Horatio Gates take Washington's place.

But during a 1778 dinner in York, the Marquis de Lafayette raised a glass and proposed a toast to Washington.

('Hamilton' parody song honors Lafayette in York. Eileen Joyce, York Daily Record)

"Gates and others involved in the cabal are forced to honor the toast. ...The gesture helped the cabal to lose its fizzle," historian and York Daily Record editor James McClure wrote in "Never to be forgotten."

While some think there is more myth than fact around the story, York has found many ways to honor Lafayette. The next way: On Friday, the first 1,500 fans at the York Revolution baseball game will receive a Lafayette bobblehead.

To tie it all together, we here at the YDR put together a parody of the "Hamilton" song "Guns and Ships" that features Lafayette, in tribute to the Revs' bobblehead giveaway.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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