Bigarré, Auguste-Julien

b. 1 January 1775, Palais (Belle-Isle-en-Mer)

d. 14 May 1838, Rennes

Began his service as a sailor in the Antilles, then as a volunteer in the Marine Artillery (3 April 1791) on S. Domingo. He returned to France at the end of 1792, and on 23 February 1793 was a second lieutenant in the 9th infantry regiment. He served in the Vendée, and took part in the expedition to Ireland. After this, he served in the Armies of the Sambre and Meuse, of Helvetia, and of the Rhine. Took part in the battle of Hohenlinden. On 1 March 1802 he was a captain in the Chasseurs à Pied of the Consular Guard. He returned to the Line in 1805, and took part in the Austerlitz campaign. He then transferred to the service of Joseph Bonaparte, the King of Naples, and was promoted general of brigade on 9 June 1808. He served Joseph as ADC in Spain, and in 1809 was commanding the Spanish Royal Guard. He was made a baron in 1810. With the French withdrawal from Spain, he returned to the French service on 19 September 1813, as a general of brigade. He served with the 11th Corps, under Macdonald, before commanding a brigade of the Young Guard. He was wounded at Craonne and at Fère-Champenoise. During the Hundred Days, he commanded the 13th Military District. He was retired on the Second Restoration, but returned to the active list in 1830. Source: Balteau, J. and others. Dictionnaire de biographie française, 1933-, vol. 6, p. 426-7.

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

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

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