Jean Baptiste Bessières, duc d'Istrie

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Jean-Baptiste Bessières

Birthplace: Preyssac, France
Death: Died in Lützen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Cause of death: Boulet de canon
Place of Burial: Invalides
Immediate Family:

Son of Mathurin Bessieres and Antoinette Bessieres
Husband of Marie Jeanne Madeleine de Lapeyrière
Father of Joseph Bessières; Napoleon Bessières and Madelaine de Russy
Brother of Bertrand Bessières(Baron); Mathurin Bessières; Marie Bessieres; Bernadine Bessieres; Antoinette Bessieres and 3 others

Occupation: Calvary Marshall
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About Jean Baptiste Bessières, duc d'Istrie

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

August 6, 1768
Preyssac, France
August 2, 1802
Age 33
May 1, 1813
Age 44
Lützen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany