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Witness to Glory

Title: Witness to Glory: Lieutenant-Général Henri-Gatien Bertrand, 1791-1815.
Name(s): Delvaux, Steven Laurence, author
Horward, Donald D., professor directing dissertation
Hargreaves, Alec, outside committee member
Oldson, William, committee member
Creswell, Michael, committee member
Grant, Jonathan A., committee member
Department of Art History, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Henri-Gatien Bertrand is perhaps the least known of the generals who occupied a prestigious position near Napoleon during the years of the First French Empire. Born in 1773 to a family of the lesser nobility, Bertrand's life encompassed all of the great and momentous events that shook France and Europe during the ensuing fifty years. He played a direct role in many of these events. Commissioned into the French army as an engineer officer in 1793, Bertrand served as an engineer during the siege of Metz in 1794, in the Egyptian Campaign from 1798-1801, at the camp de Boulogne from 1802-04, and during the 1809 Campaign. He also served as an aide-de-camp to Napoleon during the 1805, 1806, 1807, and 1808 Campaigns. In 1811, the Emperor appointed him to serve as the Governor General of the Illyrian Provinces where he remained until being recalled to the army in 1813. He served in the ensuing 1813 Campaign as the commander of the 4th Corps, leading his corps in the battles of Lützen, Bautzen, Gross Beeren, Dennewitz, Wartemburg, Leipzig, and Hanau. At the end of that campaign, Napoleon elevated Bertrand to the position of Grand Marshal of the Palace. Bertrand retained that position during the 1814 and 1815 Campaigns and throughout the Emperor's exiles to Elba and St. Helena. He remained with Napoleon on St. Helena until the Emperor's death in 1821. Bertrand's service to France and Napoleon during these many years is singular for its length and the devoted manner in which he performed it. He possessed an unshakeable conviction in Napoleon's greatness and he conducted himself in both victory and adversity in a distinguished and dignified manner that speaks highly of his character and integrity. He garnered the admiration, respect, and esteem of many for his unimpeachable service to France and Napoleon during these momentous years.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0772 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: June 15, 2005.
Keywords: Bertrand, Napoleon
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Donald D. Horward, Professor Directing Dissertation; Alec Hargreaves, Outside Committee Member; William Oldson, Committee Member; Michael Creswell, Committee Member; Jonathan A. Grant, Committee Member.
Subject(s): History
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Host Institution: FSU

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Delvaux, S. L. (2005). Witness to Glory: Lieutenant-Général Henri-Gatien Bertrand, 1791-1815. Retrieved from