Stone obelisk with portrait medallion of General Jean-Baptiste Gouvion (Toul 1747 - La Grisoëlle 1792); next to the column two granates with the date "ANNO 1913". On the foot names.
Top of the obelisk:
de la glisuelle
11 et 29 juin 1792
a eux l'honneur a nous le souvenir
societe nationale du souvenir francais
aux lieutenant colonels
CAZOTTE et FONDARD
de la cote dor
Signed: portrait: Bertrand Boutée
jules cattelain / a rocq / par marpent nord
"La Glisuelle" is now written as " La Grisoëlle".
Jean Baptiste Gouvion
Gouvion (Toul 1747 - La Grisoëlle 1792), one of four French military engineers sent to America on request of Congress; helped plan and contruct West Point fortifications; participated in Yorktown campaign; killed in action in War of the First Coalition. In 1781, Gouvion was breveted colonel. He returned then to the French military service and was killed in action at Maubeuge (11 June 1792), during the wars of the French Revolution
(French Volunteers and Supporters of the American Revolution).
The other officers died in this battle were Claude Joseph Cazotte de la Chassagne (b. Dijon 1729) and Jean Baptiste Fondard (Arnay le Duc 1733).
- René Bertrand-Boutée (Maubeuge 1877 - 1950),
- Jules Cattelain, French architect in Rocq (Nord).
Sources & Information
- Les héros de la Glisuelle, Racines et Patrimoine En Avesnois,revue 1 (dec. 2010), pp. 6-8 (PDF on-line.
Locatie (N 50°18'53" - E 3°58'39")
Item Code: frnp020; Photograph: 26 May 2011
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