Jean-Baptiste Bessières (1768 - 1813)

France

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Place of Burial: France
Birthplace: Preyssac, France
Death: Died in Lützen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Cause of death: Boulet de canon
Occupation: Calvary Marshall
Managed by: Paul Bessières
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Immediate Family

    • Joseph
      son
    • Napoleon
      son
    • Madelaine
      daughter
    • Mathurin
      father
    • Antoinette
      mother
    • Bertrand
      brother
    • Mathurin
      brother
    • Marie
      sister
    • Bernadine
      sister
    • Antoinette
      sister
    • Marie Marthe
      sister

About Jean-Baptiste Bessières

Jean-Baptiste was born in southern France, Prayssac. He served in the Constitutional Guard for a short time. In 1796 he was a captain in Nepoloen Bonaparte's Italian campaigne. Jean-Baptiste accompanied Napoleon in many of the invasions. He served as Chef-de-Brigade in the Egyptian expedition. And was promoted General of Division in 1802 and Marshal of France in 1804. His most famous campaigns of the Grande Armee were between 1805-1807. Jean-Baptiste received many honors. Napoleon made him Duc of d'Istrie 1809. His reputation was excrelled by very few because of his dauntless courage and cool judgement which made him an extraordinary leader liked equally among his soldiers. Jean-Baptiste was killed by a cannon ball in 1813. Napoleon felt such a loss of one of his truest friends that he became the protector of Bessieres' children and made the eldest son a member of the Chamber of Peers by Louis XVII.

Jean-Baptiste's heart was burried in the church of Prayssac, France.

Le tombeau du Maréchal est situé dans la crypte des Invalides à Paris à côté de Napoléon

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Jean Baptiste Bessières, duc d'Istrie's Timeline

1768
August 6, 1768
Preyssac, France
1792
1792
Age 23
1796
1796
Age 27
1801
October 27, 1801
Age 33
France
1802
1802
Age 33
1804
1804
Age 35
1809
1809
Age 40
1813
May 1, 1813
Age 44
Lützen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany