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Guilin Laurent Bizanet
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Born (1755-08-10)August 10, 1755
Died April 18, 1836(1836-04-18) (aged 80)
Place of birth Grenoble
Allegiance France France
Rank Divisional general
Awards Legion of Honour

Guilin Laurent Bizanet (10 August 1755 – 18 April 1836) was a Republican French Revolutionary General who served during the American Revolutionary War, French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars.

LifeEdit

Born in Grenoble, capital of the French department of Isère, Bizanet began his career as a sailor-gunner on 4 November 1780 and was aboard the Majestueux during the American Revolutionary War from 11 June 1781 to 24 January 1783.[1] After voulunteering for the army he became a brigadier-general on 22 August 1793 and a divisional general on 10 April 1794. He was a defender at Monaco in 1793 and at the end of the French Consulate in 1804 became the commander of the armies in Marseille.[2]

He was named commandant at the fortress of Bergen op Zoom in 1810 and successfully repelled a night attack on 8 March 1814 led by General Sir Thomas Graham.[1][3] After the attack, Graham wrote in a despatch to London:

"Sir ... I am anxious too to do justice to the conduct of General Bizanet, which, truly characteristic of a brave mun, has been marked from the first with the most kind and humane attentions to the prisoners."[4]

Bizanet was commander of Marseille during the Hundred Days under Marshal Guillaume Brune.

AwardsEdit

He was made a Knight of the Legion of Honour on 12 December 1803 then an Officer of the same order on 14 June 1804. On 19 July 1814 he was made a Knight of the Order of Saint Louis by Louis XVIII of France.[2] His name is engraved on the 40th Column of the Arc de Triomph

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