Bacler d'Albe, Louis-Albert-Ghislain

b. 21 October 1761, Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise

d. 12 September 1824, Sèvres

Son of a former quartermaster of the regiment of Toul who became a director of the post at Amiens. After working for his father, he set out to Italy to study art, but stopped in Savoy, where he remained for seven years. He carried out the survey of the area, developing skills both as a painter and geographer. He joined the army as a volunteer on 1 May 1793, and served with the Army of the Alps. He was promoted captain of artillery, and was wounded at both the sieges of Lyon and Toulon. He then served with the Army of Italy. He was made captain of the 56th Line on 20 March 1794, then became assistant to the adjutant-majors of the artillery park. With Bonaparte's arrival, he was employed as a topographical officer and draughtsman, making maps of the coast from Nice to Savona. He was made chef de bataillon and head of the Topographical Bureau of the army. On 23 September 1804, he became head of the Emperor's topographical office, and proceeded to follow Napoleon through all his campaigns. He was promoted colonel on 21 June 1807, and adjutant-commandant on 5 July 1807. In 1808 he was made chevalier of the Empire, and created baron on 9 December 1809. In 1813 he was promoted general of brigade and made an officer of the Legion of Honour. His health then prevented him from active campaigning, and at the beginning of 1814 he went to Paris to take over the direction of the War Depot. During the Hundred Days he served Napoleon again, and was put on the retired list at the second restoration. Being in a dire financial position, he began publishing his work and painting porcelain for the factories in Sèvres. Sources: Balteau, J. and others. Dictionnaire de biographie française, 1933-, vol IV, p. 1103; Michaud. Biographie universelle ancienne et moderne, 1843-?, vol. 2, pp. 573-4.

No biography in Bouvier, F. Bonaparte en Italie, 1796, 1899.

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