Desaix, Louis Charles Antoine (17681800)

Desaix, Louis Charles Antoine, a distinguished French general, born at the Château d'Ayat, Auvergne, of a noble family; entered the army at 15; commanded a division of the Army of the Rhine in 1796, and after the retreat of Moreau defended Kehl against the Austrians for two months; accompanied Bonaparte to the East, and in 1799 conquered Upper Egypt; contributed effectively to the success at Marengo, and fell dead at the moment of victory, shot by a musket-ball; he was an upright and a chivalrous man, known in Egypt as “the just Sultan,” and in Germany as “the good general” (17681800).

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

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