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Gaspard Jean-Baptiste Brunet
Born 14 June 1734 (1734-06-14)
Died 15 November 1793 (1793-11-16) (aged 59)
Place of birth Valensole, France
Place of death Paris, France
Allegiance Kingdom of France Kingdom of France
France France
Service/branch Artillery, Infantry
Years of service Kingdom of France 1755–1792
France 1792–1793
Rank General of Division
Awards Order of Saint-Louis, 1773

Gaspard Jean-Baptiste Brunet (14 June 1734 – 15 November 1793) commanded the French Army of Italy during the French Revolutionary Wars and was executed during the Reign of Terror. Despite this fate his son Jean Baptiste Brunet also became a French general. From the minor nobility, he entered the French Royal Army as a gunner in 1755, transferred to an infantry unit and fought in the Seven Years' War. He received the Order of Saint-Louis and was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1779. He became maréchal de camp (general of brigade) in 1791 and served in the Army of Italy under Jacques Bernard d'Anselme in 1792. After a brief stint as interim army commander in the winter of 1792–93, he was promoted general of division and assumed the duties of commander-in-chief from May to August 1793. His defeat at Saorgio and the suspicions of the all-powerful representatives on mission caused him to be arrested, imprisoned and guillotined. BRUNET is one of the names inscribed under the Arc de Triomphe, on Column 23.


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Military offices
Preceded by
Jacques Bernard d'Anselme
Interim Commander-in-chief of the Army of Italy
26 December 1792–9 February 1793
Succeeded by
Armand Louis de Gontaut, Duke of Biron
Preceded by
Armand Louis de Gontaut, Duke of Biron
Commander-in-chief of the Army of Italy
5 May–8 August 1793
Succeeded by
Pierre Jadart Dumerbion

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