Cervoni, Jean-Baptiste

b. 29 August 1765, Saveria (Corsica)

d. 22 April 1809, Eckmühl

"A friend of the Bonaparte family. Soldier in the Royal Corsican regiment from 1783 to 1786. Colonel of the National Guard for his district in 1790, then second lieutenant in the 22nd cavalry and ADC to his compatriot, General Casabianca. Cervoni was promoted adjutant general chef de bataillon and de brigade before Toulon where he was military agent with the Representatives of the People (with Saliceti, no doubt), on 26 October and 20 December 1793. He became general of brigade on 14 January 1794 (confirmed on 24 December 1795) and general of division on 15 February 1798. After having exercised various territorial commands, he resumed active service as chief of staff of the 2nd corps of the Army of Germany (Marshal Lannes), and was killed, his head taken off by a cannon ball, at the beginning of the campaign at Eckmühl ... He had been wounded in the right leg in Italy on 1 June 1793, and in the thigh and the right arm at Toulon. On 14 June 1804, he had been named commander of the Legion of Honour. General Cervoni's name is inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile, on the eastern side." Bouvier, F. Bonaparte en Italie, 1796, 1899, p. 652-3.

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