Beyrand, Martial

b. 9 September 1768, Limoges

d. 3 August 1796, Castiglione

Son of a merchant. Joined the Bassigny infantry regiment on 6 April 1783, was dismissed a year later for being too young, then joined the Touraine infantry regiment on 17 March 1785. Left the service on 1 May 1788, but was then elected captain in the 2nd battalion of volunteers of Haute-Vienne on 3 October 1791. Fought with the Army of the North, then with that of the Eastern Pyrenees where he was chief of staff to Augereau and was promoted General of Brigade. Sent to the Army of Italy on 4 November 1795. Was at Ceva and Lodi. Killed in action at Castiglione. Sources: Godechot, J. Le carnet de route du sergent Petitbon sur la campagne d'Italie de 1796-1797, 1978, p. 36; Balteau, J. and others. Dictionnaire de biographie française, 1933-, vol 6, p. 377. (The sources of the latter entry are given as: Archives de guerre; J. B. Drapeyron, Eloge du général Beyrand; Carnet de la Sabretache, 1913, p. 557; and Six, G. Dictionnaire biographique des généraux et amiraux français de la Révolution et de l'Empire (1792-1815), 1934.)

See also Durieux, J. Le général Beyrand (1768-1796), 1913 and Tintou, J. Le général Martial Beyrand, héros de Lodi et de Castiglione, 1963.

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

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

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