Boyer, Pierre-François-Joseph

b. 7 September 1772, Belfort

d. 11 July 1851, Lardy (Seine-et-Oise)

Joined the 1st battalion of volunteers of the Côte d'Or on 1 January 1792. Became second lieutenant on 15 May 1793. Served as ADC to Schérer. Adjutant general chef de bataillon in September 1794, he served with the Army of the Eastern Pyrenees, then with that of Italy, where he was made chief of staff of La Harpe's division. Commanded an attack column at Dego (14 April 1796). He became chief of staff of Augereau's division on 18 January 1797, and was promoted general of brigade. He took part in the expedition to Egypt and into Syria. After his return to France he was sent to S. Domingo (in October 1801). While sailing back to France in 1803, he was captured by the English. He was allowed back to France on parole, and in 1809 became Kellermann's chief of staff. He then served in Spain and Portugal, commanding a brigade, then a division of dragoons, as a replacement for Montbrun. He took part in the battles of Salamanca (22 July 1812) and Vitoria (June 1813), and became vice chief of staff to Soult. He fought at the Bidassoa, and was then recalled to France by Napoleon, seeing action at Laon and Arcis-sur-Aube. He commanded the military department of Mont Blanc during the Hundred Days. He was proscribed on the Second Restoration. Between 1824 and 1834 he held commands in North Africa. He passed to the reserve in 1839, and finally retired in 1848. Source: Balteau, J. and others. Dictionnaire de biographie française, 1933-, vol. 7, p. 106.

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