The Iron Marshal: A Biography of Louis N. Davout

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Feffer & Simons, 1976 - Biography & Autobiography - 420 pages
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This first biography in English of Davout, the most successful of Napoleon’s com­manders, made Marshal of the Empire, places the man in historical perspective.

 

Louis N. d’Avout (later Davout) was born in 1770. He died in 1823, having lived a life encompassing the span of French history from the Revolution to the restoration of Louis XVIII. He was born into an old and distinguished military Burgundian family and served France as a soldier all his life.

 

Gallaher pays particular attention to Davout’s career as a Napoleonic com­mander and military administrator. Hence, the new point of view Gallaher brings to his work and his original research into the documents provide an historical perspec­tive on the complex Napoleonic wars and other military history of the period.

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An excellent look at a man who ably and loyally served Napoleon. His great victory at Auerstadt proved his ability on the battlefield. Read full review

Contents

THE EARLY YEARS
3
THE VOLUNTEER
13
THE REPUBLICAN GENERAL
26
Copyright

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About the author (1976)

John G. Gallaher is Professor of His­tory at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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