Louis Augustin de Monteclerc
Monteclerc joined the Navy as a Garde-Marine in 1743.
Monteclerc was promoted to Captain in 1772. In 1777, he commanded the 64-gun Bizarre.  Navy Minister Sartine had chosen her to be one of the six ships held ready for immediate departure at all times.[Note 1]
In 1779, he commanded a division comprising the 64-gun Solitaire and the frigates Inconstante and Surveillante, and led an expedition to hunt down privateers. The division returned to Brest on 4 May 1779 with 400 prisoners. Later that year, Solitaire was attached to a squadron under Orvilliers.
In late 1799, Monteclerc was appointed vice-Director of naval constructions in Brest, and he was promoted to Director on 1 January 1780. That same year, he commanded the 74-gun Hector, departing on 1 September and returning on 31 December.
Monteclerc was promoted to Brigadier in 1781. Later that year, he was given command of the 74-gun Diadème in the squadron under De Grasse. He was wounded in the Battle of the Chesapeake on 5 September 1781,  and took part in the Battle of the Saintes on 12 April 1782.
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