Berthémy, Pierre Augustin

MILITARY OFFICER (FRANCE)
BORN 16 May 1778, Montier-en-Der, Haute-Marne - DIED 31 Jan 1855
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 28, chemin Saint-Louis, 1ère ligne (M:Q28))

Pierre Augustin Berthémy was the son of the wigmaker Pierre Berthémy. His mother was Marie-Anne Lurat. In 1798 he entered the cavalry as a volunteer and he served from 1799 to 1801 in the Army of the Rhine. In 1800 he became aide-de-camp to General J.J.A. d'Hautpoul. He was wounded during the Battle of Austerlitz in 1804 and again during the Battle of Eylau in 1807. After Murat sent him to the Balearic Islands in 1808 he was imprisoned in Spain. He managed to return to Marseille and General Duroc presented him to Napoleon soon afterwards.

In 1810 he was appointed governor of the castle of Valençay. In May 1812 he became aide-de-camp to Murat, now king of Naples. During the Russian campaign of 1812 he was wounded at the Battle of the Moskwa. His injuries prevented him from further fighting and he was sent on a mission for Élisa Bonaparte, the Grand Duchess of Tuscany. He resigned from the Napolitan army shortly before Murat was executed and he wasn't active during the 100 Days. After the Second Restoration he served on the royal staff. In 1823 he took part in the Spanish Expedition that restored Ferdinand VII to the throne. He became a maréchal de camp in that year.

After that he was inactive for several years, but when Louis-Philippe became king in 1830 he was put in charge of several French the departments. He died in 1855 in Paris.

Related persons
• worked for Murat, Joachim, king of Naples
• met Napoleon I Bonaparte

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The grave of Pierre Augustin Berthémy at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (01 Nov 2022)

 

The grave of Pierre Augustin Berthémy at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (01 Nov 2022)

 


Bertinotti-Radicati, Teresa

Published: 04 Jun 2023
Last update: 04 Jun 2023