French Revolution & Empire. General Planta, 1800. 19940



A lengthy official letter signed ‘Planta’, serving in Piemont, two months after the battles of Montebello and Marengo, to the Minister of War, about his rank and promotion, the case of General Turreau, hoping for a satisfactory outcome, otherwise he might have to leave the service, etc. In French. 3 pp. 12 x 8 inches, with endorsements, one hole clear of text on second leaf, otherwise very good. Vignerol, 24 Thermidor an 8 [12 August 1800]. General François-Joseph Kirgener, Baron Planta (1766-1813, Général de division of engineers who was killed alongside General Duroc at Bautzen. He fought in many of the battles of the Napoleonic era, was captured in the expedition to Ireland in 1798, fought at Montebello, Marengo. Austerlitz, Iena, Eylau, the siege of Danzig, in Russia 1812, and in Germany 1813. In July of 1798, Kirgener was designated to take part in the second expedition to Ireland under General Hardy. That September he embarked on the vessel Le Hoche, but was taken prisoner during the naval combat of October 12th against the English. Kirgener was released on parole in December, and then in May returned to Besançon as the chief engineer there. Kirgener was next employed in the Army of the Reserve in March of 1800. After marching over the Alps, he took part in the attack on Fort Bard before fighting at Montebello and Marengo. After a brief stint at Milan, he then returned to Besançon and was promoted to chef de brigade.