Suchet, Louis Gabriel, Duke of Albufera

MARSHAL (FRANCE)
BORN 2 Mar 1770, Lyon - DIED 3 Jan 1826, Montendon
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 39, 1ere ligne, M, 32)

Joined the revolutionary armies as a young man and criticized Napoleon openly in his early career. In later years he turned into an able and trusted marshal in the Napoleon's army.

Between 1792 and 1800 Suchet saw action in the French army in both Switzerland and Italy. In 1808 he married Honorine Anthoine de Saint-Joseph, a niece of Julie Clary, the wife of Joseph Bonaparte. Shortyl after his marriage he was sent to Spain, where he commanded the troops in Aragon. Under his command several battles were won and Tortosa and Tarragona were taken. Suchet was made a marshall and more victories were ahead: in 1812 Blake was beaten at Sagunta and he captured Valencia.

After the fall of Napoleon he served under the Bourbons, switching sides once more when Napoleon returned from Elba. He lost his title after Waterloo, but it was returned to him in 1819. Suchet died in 1826 and was buried at the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

Events
1858/8/15: Statue for marshal Suchet unveiled at Lyons

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
War in Spain

Images

Marshal Suchet's grave at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (06 Mar 1995)

 


Sullivan, Barry

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 14 Jul 2012