Eventually he landed near Charleston, South Carolina, June 13, 1777, and when the leaders learned of his mission they welcomed him very hospitably.
Later in the summer he came to Philadelphia and the Congress welcomed him as he came to serve without pay and also as a volunteer.
General Gates who was only luke warm in his support of Washington had succeeded in convincing several members of Congress to appoint a Board of War in which Gates would have complete control.
He suggested that plans should be developed to invade Canada.
When he was sixteen, Lafayette married Marie Adrienne Francoise de Noailles — allying himself with one of the wealthiest families in France.He found a small body of men about twelve hundred, who lacked sufficient clothing to carry on such a campaign.The other soldiers Gates had promised had not arrived and there was every evidence they would not arrive.Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roche Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette was born in 1757.Before his second birthday, his father, a Colonel of grenadiers was killed at Minden.