|Luís do Rego Barreto|
Viscount Geraz Lima
|Born||28 October 1777|
|Died||7 September 1840 (aged 62)|
|Place of birth||Viana do Castelo, Portugal|
|Place of death||Vila Real, Portugal|
|Allegiance||Kingdom of Portugal|
|Years of service||1790–1838|
Luís do Rego Barreto, Viscount Geraz Lima, (28 October 1777, Viana do Castelo – 7 September 1840, Vila Real) better known as General Luis Rego, was a military and Portuguese colonial administrator who distinguished himself in the fight against the French invasion.
Natural son of António Rego Barreto - army officer, adjutant of the 2nd Earl of Bobadela when he was Governor of weapons of Minho -was legitimized by his father in 1786, enlisted in 1790 at age 13, at the Infantry Regiment of Lippe, the Lisbon garrison, being lieutenant when the French invaded Portugal in 1807.
Having asked to resign when the Portuguese army, it was reorganized in early 1808, he returned to Viana do Castelo. When Porto rose against collaboration with the French occupiers, Luis organized a Provisional Government Junta in Viana do Castelo, who promoted him to major and instructed to organize the 9th Infantry Regiment, garrison of the city.
Organized the 4th Caçador Battalion of Beira, in Viseu, having participated with him in the 1808-1811 campaigns, the Battle of Buçaco, in 1810, to Battle de Pombal, in the beginning of the withdrawal of the army of Massena, and the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro in 1811. participated in the Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo and, as commander of 15th Infantry Regiment, the Siege of Badajoz. Was present at the Battle of Salamanca in 1812 and the Battle of Vitoria in 1813. Their performance in the Siege of San Sebastián was critical, able to cross the gulf separating the allied army from the fortress with his regiment and scaled the walls, managing to take it in September 1813.
Luís commanded the 3rd Portuguese Brigade of the Army until 1815.
Governor of PernambucoEdit
In 1817 he was appointed governor of the Captaincy of Pernambuco. He was hated by the local population, because he used violent methods to repress the separatist revolt that broke out there. He promoted hangings, quartering of bodies, firing squads, deaths by fire, desecration of corpses and rapes. Many of the executed individuals were innocents. With the change of government that took place in Portugal in 1820, he did fulfill the orders of constitutional government in Lisbon. Victim of an attempt of assassination he returned to Portugal in 1821.
Back in PortugalEdit
Luís do Rego was appointed governor of weapons of Minho by constitutional government, he was in charge of crushing the revolt of the 2nd Count of Amarante, future Marquis de Chaves, who defeated Amarante in February 1823. With Vilafrancada that imposing the absolutist regime in Portugal, he was deposed and deported to Figueira da Foz, and retired in the following year. He reentered the army during the regency of Maria II of Portugal, he was promoted to lieutenant general in 1827.
Arrested during the reign of King Miguel, he managed to escape to Spain, returning after the Concession of Evoramonte. Appointed member of the Supreme Council of Military Justice in 1834, he was reappointed governor of weapons of Minho during the Setembrismo, who appointed him senator for Viana do Castelo, during the short duration of the 1838 Constitution.
The Setembrista government of Maria II awarded him the title of Viscount Geraz Lima on April 27, 1835.
Promotions and UnitsEdit
|Governor||Governor of weapons of Minho||1836|
|Voting Member||Supreme Council of Military Justice||1834|
|Major General reformed||4 July 1824|
|Governor||Governor of weapons of Minho||September 1821|
|Governor||Captaincy of Pernambuco||1817|
|Commandant||Division of Volunteers Loyal to the King||1817|
|Commandant||3rd Portuguese Brigade of the Army|
|Brigadier||22 May 1817|
|Colonel||15th Infantry Regiment||5 January 1812|
|Lieutenant Colonel||4th Caçadores Battalion of Beira||21 January 1809|
|Major||9th Infantry Regiment||1808|
|Member||Provisional Government Junta of Viana do Castelo||20 June 1808|
|Lieutenant||Infantry Regiment of Lippe||24 June 1807|
|Ensign||Grenadiers, Infantry Regiment of Lippe||24 June 1806|
|Ensign||1st Company, Infantry Regiment of Lippe||24 June 1802|
|Cadet Flag-carrier||Infantry Regiment of Lippe||26 June 1798|
|Cadet||Infantry Regiment of Lippe||31 October 1792|
|Voluntary Soldier||Infantry Regiment of Lippe||11 February 1790|
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