of the old-school commanders, Jean Serurier was an able, honest
and trustworthy soldier who had a lengthy military career in the
Seven Years War, Portugal and Corsica
before being caught up in the French Revolution.
by the zealots for being of minor nobility, Serurier survived to
become a general of division in Napoleon
Bonaparte's extraordinary campaign in Italy.
many older officers, Serurier liked what he saw in Bonaparte and
gave him unswerving loyalty.
military successes as a senior commander were few, but won considerable
respect with his battle-winning efforts at Mondovi.
being captured at Verderio in 1799, Serurier moved towards politics
and served in many official capacities - such as Governor of Venice
and of Les Invalides.
support to Bonaparte in 1815 saw him lose much prestige with the
Bourbons, but his peerage and marshal's baton were returned just
months before his death.