Banel, Pierre

b. 30 July 1766, Lectoure, Gers

d. 13 April 1796, Cosseria

"Was a soldier in the old army, in the regiment of Vintimille (49th), where he served from 1784-89. Adjutant-major of the second battalion of volunteers of Gers on 20 June 1792, commander of the 7th battalion of the Aude on 1 June 1793, he distinguished himself at the combat at Orles on 3 September, and was nominated chef de brigade on 11 October 1793. He distinguished himself again at the combat of Villelongue on 19 December, and was promoted acting general of brigade on 25 December 1793. He was confirmed in the rank on 13 June 1795. Having come from the Pyrenees to Italy on 6 November 1795, he distinguished himself once again at Loano. General-in-chief Pérignon reported him as 'one of the most valorous men that the Republic has at its service: with such men one can only win.'" Bouvier, F. Bonaparte en Italie, 1796, 1899, p. 649.

Was a sergeant in the regiment of Vintimille. Wounded at Loano. His bravery had made him popular with the army, and it was said by his soldiers that he had got himself killed voluntarily and out of displeasure at having to handle cavalry in country that did not lend itself to that arm. Was an intimate friend of Lannes, and had been a witness at his marriage. Source: Balteau, J. and others. Dictionnaire de biographie française, 1933-, vol 5, p. 67.

Not listed in Michaud. Biographie universelle ancienne et moderne, 1843-?.

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