Bessières, Jean Baptiste (17681813)

Bessières, Jean Baptiste, Duke of Istria, marshal of France, born at Languedoc, of humble parentage; rose from the ranks; a friend and one of the ablest officers of Napoleon, and much esteemed by him; distinguished himself in the Italian campaign, in Egypt, and at Marengo; was shot at Lützen the day before the battle (17681813).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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