General Rémy Grillot

Officer who served under Boudet in 1807 and 1809 and was later killed at the Battle of Lützen in 1813

Born: March 11, 1766

Place of Birth: Navilly, Saône-et-Loire, France

Died: May 19, 1813

Cause of Death: Mortally wounded

Place of Death: Leipzig, Germany

Arc de Triomphe: GRILLOT on the north pillar


The son of a plowman, Rémy Grillot enlisted in the infantry regiment of Picardie in May of 1785. After the onset of the French Revolution, in 1792 he was commissioned and promoted to lieutenant and he served at the Siege of Thionville. Before the end of the year Grillot joined the Army of the Moselle and then in March of 1793 he was promoted to capitaine. In June he fought at the combat of Arlon where he was wounded by a ball to the left leg and then in November he served in the forest of Haguenau. Grillot next took part in retaking the lines of Wissembourg. In May of 1794 he fought at Kaiserslautern and then in June he was promoted to chef de bataillon. In 1795 Grillot took part in the Siege of Mainz and that June he was promoted to chef de brigade. The next year he joined the Army of the Interior and then at the end of 1798 he was named commander of the 90th of the Line. Sent to Holland in 1799, Grillot took part in the action at Alkmaar on October 2nd where he was wounded.

In August of 1802 Grillot embarked at Rochefort for the island of Saint-Domingue. A year later he returned to France where he was named colonel of the 83rd of the Line. In 1804 Grillot was assigned to the isle of Ré and he served near the Army of the Coasts of the Ocean. He remained there until April of 1807 when he joined Boudet's division in Prussia to take part in the Siege of Colberg. In 1809 Grillot was again serving with Boudet's division and he took part in the Danube campaign against Austria that year. After fighting at the Battle of Aspern-Essling in May, he was promoted to général de brigade on July 2nd and then he went on to fight a few days later at the Battle of Wagram where he was wounded. The next month Grillot was named a Baron of the Empire.

In 1810 Grillot was employed with the Army of the Brabant and he fell ill that year, becoming so sick that he lost his right eye. Later that year he was named commander of the département of Vendée. In 1812 Grillot began to command brigades of the active National Guard and then in 1813 he was called to serve with the Grande Armée for the campaign in Saxony. Taking command of the 2nd Brigade of Girard's Division, Grillot fought at the Battle of Lützen where he was mortally wounded when his leg was shattered by a ball.


Updated February 2020

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