General Aimé Sulpice Pelletier Montmarie
Born: November 13, 1772
Place of Birth: Boury-en-Vexin, Oise, France
Died: November 2, 1813
Cause of Death: Mortally wounded
Place of Death: Leipzig, Germany
Arc de Triomphe: MONTMARIE on the east pillar
The son of the farm manager for the seigneur de Boury, Aimé Sulpice Pelletier Montmarie joined the army in September of 1793 as a sous-lieutenant in the 17th Battalion of Requisition of Paris. Two months later he was promoted to lieutenant and he served with the Army of the Moselle. In 1796 Montmarie joined the Army of Italy and the 3rd Dragoons. Two years later he served briefly with the Army of Switzerland before embarking for Egypt as part of the Army of the Orient. Serving a few years in Egypt, Montmarie was promoted to lieutenant in September of 1799 and capitaine in January of 1800. A year later he was promoted to chef d'escadrons of the 3rd Dragoons and he also took command of the corps of Mamelukes.
After returning from Egypt to France, Montmarie was assigned to the 19th Dragoons. In 1803 and 1804 he served in the Army of Hanover and in early 1804 he was named a major in the 9th Chasseurs à Cheval. For the next five years Montmarie would serve in Italy and in April of 1807 he was promoted to colonel of the 28th Dragoons. During the campaign of 1809 he served in Poinsot's brigade in Pully's division. That May Montmarie was wounded by saber blow to the head at the crossing of the Piave. For his leadership and bravery he was named a Knight of the Iron Crown later that month and after the conclusion of the campaign he was named a Knight of the Legion of Honor.
Montmarie remained in Italy until 1810 when he was named a Baron of the Empire and then sent to serve in the Army of the Center in Spain. In March of 1811 he defeated the guerillas near Cabeta. The next year Montmarie returned to France to take part in the campaign against Russia. He served in La Houssaye's 3rd Cavalry Division and he fought at the Battle of Borodino where he was wounded by a shot of grapeshot to the left side. After retreating from Russia, Montmarie served during the campaign in Germany in 1813. Promoted to général de brigade in July of 1813, he took command of the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Light Cavalry under General Corbineau. Montmarie fought at the Battle of Kulm in August under Vandamme and then shortly afterwards in September he took command of the 2nd Brigade of Berckheim's division. In October he was fighting at Wachau as part of the larger Battle of Leipzig when his right foot was taken off by a ball. Montmarie's leg was amputated but he succumbed to the wound in a few weeks.
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- Six, Georges. Dictionnaire Biographique des Généraux & Amiraux Français de la Révolution et de l'Empire (1792-1814). 2 vols. Paris: Gaston Saffroy, 2003.
Updated September 2018
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