General Joesph-Félix LazowskiCommander of engineers under Marshal Masséna in 1809 and 1810
Born: November 20, 1759
Place of Birth: Lunéville, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France
Imperial Nobility: Baron
Died: October 8, 1812
Place of Death: Paris, France
Arc de Triomphe: LASOWSKI on the south pillar
An engineer by trade, Joseph-Félix Lazowski entered the school of bridges and roads in 1779 at age nineteen. Over ten years later and after the onset of the Revolution, he took a post as engineer of the works of the harbor and port of Cherbourg in April of 1794. That December he was named a capitaine in the army and then sent to Constantinople. Lazowski remained in Constantinople for the next few years, finally leaving in July of 1797. In March of 1798 he was promoted to chef de bataillon and then he was designated for the Army of the Orient. Serving in Egypt, he fought at the action of Alexandria in July and then at Chebreiss. Lazowski next served on the campaign in Syria, serving at the sieges of El Arisch, at Jaffa where he was wounded in the shoulder, and at Acre where he was wounded i n the head. During the Siege of Acre General Bonaparte promoted Lazowski to chef de brigade. Lazowski remained in Egypt and in 1800 he served at Héliopolis and then he went on to serve at Damietta, Belbeis, and the siege of Cairo. He was next named deputy director of fortifications and then in January of 1801 he was ordered to return to France. Once back in France, Lazowski was named director of fortifications at La Rochelle, a post he would hold for a number of years.
In 1806 Lazowski began to actively serve on campaign again when he was sent to assist General Pascal-Vallongue during the Siege of Gaeta. In January of 1807 he joined the Grande Armée and then that April he took command of the engineers at the Siege of Graudenz. During the year 1808 Lazowski commanded the engineers under Marshal Bernadotte, and then in 1809 he took command of the engineers of Marshal Masséna's IV Corps. Serving on the Danube campaign that spring, Lazowski distinguished himself at the Battle of Aspern-Essling. He later served at Znaim in July and afterwards he was promoted to général de division and named a Baron of the Empire. In 1810 Lazowski was sent to command the engineers of the Army of Portugal under Marshal Masséna, but in 1811 he quit his command for reasons of health. He died the following year.
Updated December 2016
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