Davout, Louis Nicolas
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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