General Charles-François Charton
Born: November 16, 1765
Place of Birth: Boucq, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France
Died: September 12, 1796
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Place of Death: Castellaro, Italy
Arc de Triomphe: CHARTON on the south pillar
Charles-François Charton's military career began on July 15, 1789 when he joined the National Guard of Versailles. Three years later in January of 1792 he was promoted to sous-lieutenant in the 28th Infantry Regiment, and then in August of 1792 he received another promotion, this time to lieutenant. Sent to the Army of the Alps and then the Army of Italy, Charton took part in the fighting at Moulient and Authion in 1793. That September he fought at Saint-Martin-de-Lantosque and then in October he fought at Utelle where he was badly wounded by a ball to the upper abdomen. Nevertheless, he recovered enough to take part in the Siege of Toulon and afterwards he was promoted to chef de bataillon by the representatives of the people.
In 1794 Charton returned to the Army of Italy and was then sent to Entrevaux under General Sérurier. The next year he helped to put down the insurgents of Toulon at Cuges and then received a promotion to général de brigade. At the end of the year Chartron took command of a brigade of Garnier's division.
After General Bonaparte arrived in 1796 to take command of the Army of Italy, Chartron took part in the campaign that followed. That April he served at Mondovi and then in July he was named the commander of Cherasco. That August Chartron was assigned to Sahuguet's division and then in September he fought at Castellaro where he was killed in battle.
- Six, Georges. Dictionnaire Biographique des Généraux & Amiraux Français de la Révolution et de l'Empire (1792-1814). 2 vols. Paris: Gaston Saffroy, 2003.
Updated July 2014
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