François Amédée Doppet

François Amédée Doppet (16 March 1753 – 26 April 1799) was a Savoyard who briefly commanded three French armies during the French Revolutionary Wars without distinction. During the 1770s he enlisted in the French cavalry. Quitting the army after three years, he became a physician after studying medicine at Turin. Later moving to Paris, he became a writer of poems, romances and medical works while also dabbling in aphrodisiacs and mesmerism.

François Amédée Doppet
Born16 March 1753 (1753-03-16)
Chambéry, Savoy
Died26 April 1799 (1799-04-27) (aged 46)
Aix-les-Bains, Mont-Blanc, France
AllegianceKingdom of France
France
Service/branchCavalry
Years of serviceKingdom of France 1770–1773
France 1792–1797
RankGeneral of Division
Battles/wars
Other workCouncil of Five Hundred

Doppet threw himself wholeheartedly into the French Revolution, was elected to the Legislative Assembly and became a Jacobin. Appointed commander of a volunteer battalion, he took part in the French invasion of Savoy in 1792. Rapidly promoted to general officer in 1793, the government appointed him to command the Army of the Alps in the Siege of Lyon, the army engaged in the Siege of Toulon and the Army of the Eastern Pyrenees. In no case did his time in command last long. During the last appointment he became ill and was replaced, though he was later employed as a division commander. The government used him because he was politically safe but it finally became clear that his military talent was almost non-existent. In 1797 he was elected to the Council of Five Hundred and he died two years later.

ReferencesEdit

  • Phipps, Ramsay Weston (2011). The Armies of the First French Republic: Volume III The Armies in the West 1793 to 1797 And, The Armies In The South 1793 to March 1796. 3. USA: Pickle Partners Publishing. ISBN 978-1-908692-26-9.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Smith, Digby (1998). The Napoleonic Wars Data Book. London: Greenhill. ISBN 1-85367-276-9.
Military offices
Preceded by
François Christophe Kellermann
Commander-in-chief of the Army of the Alps
25 September–28 October 1793
Succeeded by
Jean François Carteaux
Preceded by
Jean François Cornu de La Poype
Commander-in-chief of the Army before Toulon
13–15 November 1793
Succeeded by
Jacques François Dugommier
Preceded by
Eustache Charles d'Aoust
Commander-in-chief of the Army of the Eastern Pyrenees
28 November–20 December 1793
Succeeded by
Eustache Charles d'Aoust