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Davout, Louis Nicolas

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Born: 1770 AD
Died: 1823 AD, at 53 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: General, Military Officer, Monarch, Prince

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1770 - Born on the 10th of May at Annoux (Yonne). He was a Marshal of France during the Napoleonic Era. Better known as Davout, Duc d'Auerstaedt, prince d'Eckmühl.

1788 - He joined the French army as a sub-lieutenant.

1792 - Chef de bataillon in a volunteer corps in the campaign.

1794 - 1797 - Served in the campaigns on the Rhine, and accompanied Desaix in the Egyptian expedition of Napoleon Bonaparte.

1801 - On his return he took part in the campaign of Marengo under Napoleon, who placed the greatest confidence in his abilities, made him a general of division soon after Marengo, and gave him a command in the consular guard.

1807 - Napoleon left him as governor-general in the grand-duchy of Warsaw when the treaty of Tilsit put an end to the war.

1808 - Became duke of Auerstädt.

1809 - He took a brilliant part in the actions which culminated in the victory of Eckmühl, and had an important share in the battle of Wagram.

1813 - He commanded the Hamburg military district, and defended Hamburg, a city ill-fortified and provisioned, and full of disaffection, through a long siege, only surrendering the place on the direct order of Louis XVIII.

1815 - He was the only Napoleonic Marshal never to have been defeated in battle.

1819 - He became a member of the chamber of peers.

1822 - 1823 - He was elected mayor of Savigny-sur-Orge.

1823 - Died on 1st of June in Paris, France.



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