- Lazare Hoche
Louis Lazare Hoche (
June 24, 1768- September 19, 1797) was a French soldier who rose to be general of the Revolutionary army.
Born of poor parents near
Versailles, he enlisted at sixteen as a private soldier in the " Gardes Françaises". He spent his entire leisure in earning extra pay by civil work, his object being to provide himself with books, and this love of study, which was combined with a strong sense of duty and personal courage, soon led to his promotion.
When the "Gardes françaises" disbanded in 1789 he had reached the rank of corporal, and thereafter he served in various line regiments up to the time of his receiving a commission in 1792. In the defence of
Thionvillein that year Hoche earned further promotion, and he served with credit in the operations of 1792 - 1793 on the northern frontier of France. At the Battle of Neerwinden (1793)he served as " aide-de-camp" to General le Veneur, and when Dumouriez deserted to the Austrians, Hoche, along with le Veneur and others, fell under suspicion of treason; but after being kept under arrest and unemployed for some months he took part in the defence of Dunkirk, and in the same year (1793) he was promoted successively "chef de brigade", general of brigade, and general of division. In October 1793 he was provisionally appointed to command the Army of the Moselle, and within a few weeks he was in the field at the head of his army in Lorraine. He lost his first battle (Kaiserslautern 28- 30 November 1793) against the Prussians, but even in the midst of the Reign of Terrorthe Committee of Public Safetyretained Hoche in his command. Pertinacity and fiery energy, in their eyes, outweighed everything else, and Hoche soon showed that he possessed these qualities.
December 22, 1793he stormed the lines of Fröschweiler, and the representatives of the National Conventionwith his army at once added the Army of the Rhine to his sphere of command. On 26 December 1793the French carried by assault the famous lines of Weissenburg, and Hoche pursued his success, sweeping the enemy before him to the middle Rhinein four days. He then put his troops into winter quarters.
Before the following campaign opened, he married Anne Adelaide Dechaux at Thionville (
11 March 1794). But ten days later he was suddenly arrested, charges of treason having been preferred by Pichegru, the displaced commander of the Army of the Rhine, and by his friends. Hoche escaped execution, however, though imprisoned in Paris until the fall of Robespierre. Shortly after his release he was appointed to command against the Vendéans ( 21 August 1794). He completed the work of his predecessors in a few months by the peace of Jaunaye( 15 February 1795), but soon afterwards the war was renewed by the Royalists. Hoche showed himself equal to the crisis and inflicted a crushing blow on the Royalist cause by defeating and capturing de Sombreuil's expedition at Quiberonand Penthièvre(16 - 21 July 1795). Thereafter, by means of mobile columns (which he kept under good discipline) he succeeded before the summer of 1796 in pacifying the whole of the west, which had for more than three years been the scene of a pitiless civil war.
James Gillraycaricatured the failure of Hoche's Irish expedition.] After this Hoche was appointed to organise and command the troops sent to assist the United Irishmenin their rebellion against British rule. A tempest, however, separated Hoche from the expedition, and after various adventures the whole fleet returned to Brest without having effected its purpose. Hoche was at once transferred to the Rhine frontier, where he defeated the Austrians at Neuwied (April 1797), though operations were soon afterwards brought to an end by the Preliminaries of Leoben. Later in 1797 he was minister of war for a short period, but in this position he was surrounded by obscure political intrigues, and, finding himself the dupe of Barras and technically guilty of violating the constitution, he quickly laid down his office, returning to his command on the Rhine frontier. But his health grew rapidly worse, and he died at Wetzlaron 19 September 1797of consumption. The belief spread that he had been poisoned, but the suspicion seems to have had no foundation. He was buried by the side of his friend Marceau in a fort on the Rhine, mourned by his army and by all France.
He is commemorated by a statue of him in uniform in a garden square in his home town of
Versailles, near the main entrance to the famous Chateau of Versailles. Another statue, the last major work by Jules Dalou, is in Quiberon, Brittany.
IN THE military Museum where Napoleon's tomb is enshrined, you will find the most touching memorial to GeneralHoche
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