Bon Adrien Moncey

Marshal Bon Adrien MonceyFrench Marshal
Duc de Conegliano

One of the oldest marshals of 1804, Bon Adrien Moncey had been a professional soldier since 1769 and served in various units before being made an officer in 1779.

Five years later he was a general of division and, after capturing San Sebastian, led the West Pyrenees campaign for a year.

In 1797, he was removed from command after the leaders of the coup of Fructidor suspected he was a pro-royalist.

Moncey returned to favour in 1800 and he firstly served in Switzerland and Italy, before becoming Inspector General of the Gendarmes.

In Spain, Moncey fought at Tudela and Saragossa, but did not see action again until he led the Paris National Guard against the invading allies in 1814.

After Napoleon's final fall, Moncey was jailed for three months for refusing to lead the court martial of Marshal Ney.


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