Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno

Claude Victor-Perrin, 1st Duke of Belluno (7 December 1764  1 March 1841) was a French soldier and military commander who served during both the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. He was made a Marshal of the Empire in 1807 by Emperor Napoleon I.

18/19th-century French military commander

Claude Victor-Perrin

Duke of Belluno
Born (1764-12-07)7 December 1764
Lamarche, France
Died 1 March 1841(1841-03-01) (aged 76)
Paris, France
Allegiance  Kingdom of France
 Kingdom of the French
 First French Republic
 First French Empire
Bourbon Restoration
Rank Marshal of the Empire
Battles/wars French Revolutionary Wars, Napoleonic Wars
Awards Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour

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He was born at Lamarche in the Vosges in 1764,[1] son of Charles Perrin and wife Marie Anne Floriot, paternal grandson of Charles Perrin and wife Gabrielle Guerin, born in 1696, and great-grandson of Pierre Perrin and wife Anne Louvière. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the artillery regiment in Grenoble as a private soldier,[1] and after ten years’ service he applied for and received his discharge because of his disgust at the manners revolutionary army[1] and settled at Valence.[2] Soon afterwards he joined the local volunteers, and distinguishing himself in the war on the Alpine frontier, in less than a year he had risen to the command of a battalion. In Drôme, Valence, on 16 May 1791 he married Jeanne Josephine Muguet, by whom he had issue which was extinct in the male line by 1917.

Victor as a lieutenant-colonel of the 5th Bataillon of the Rhone in 1792

For his bravery at the siege of Toulon in 1793 he was raised to the rank of général de brigade. He afterwards served for some time with the army of the Eastern Pyrenees, and in the Italian campaign of 17961799 he so acquitted himself at Mondovì, Rovereto and Mantua that he was promoted to be general of the division.[3]

After commanding for some time the forces in the department of Vendée, he was again deployed to Italy, where he performed well in service against the papal troops, and took an important part in the battle of Marengo. In 1802 he was made governor of the colony of Louisiana for a short time, in 1803 he commanded the Batavian army, and afterwards he acted for eighteen months (18051806) as French plenipotentiary at Copenhagen.[3] In that year he married for a second time in June at ‘s-Hertogenbosch to Julie Vosch van Avesaat (17811831), by whom he had an only daughter who died unmarried and without issue.

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