May 1, 2013, Philadelphia, PA--On May 2, 1778, word of the French Alliance reached the Continental Congress. Four days later, soldiers celebrated this news at Valley Forge with a feu de joie--a celebratory rifle salute. As we commemorate this important date, the Museum of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the acquisition of a rare 18th century portrait of a French officer--Comte Joachim de Revel du Perron-- wearing the uniform he wore during the North American campaign of America's War for Independence. The portrait remained in the possession of descendants in the south of France until last year. CLICK THE HEADLINE TO READ MORE.