Type of Document Dissertation Author Sigler, Jackson L. URN etd-03172006-200334 Title General Paul Thiébault: His Life and His Legacy Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department History, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Donald D. Horward Committee Chair Jonathan Grant Committee Member Michael Creswell Committee Member Patrick O'Sullivan Committee Member Peter Garretson Committee Member Keywords
- Paul Thiébault
- Army staff
- French army
- French history 1789-1815
Date of Defense 2005-12-14 Availability unrestricted AbstractPaul Thiébault (1769-1846) rose to the rank of général de division in the Napoleonic armies of France. He was also the author of military histories, studies of the operations of staff organizations, and a controversial set of memoirs published nearly fifty years after his death. This work describes Thiébault’s military career, relevant events in his personal life, and the creation and publication of his works of military theory, history, and his memoirs.
Thiébault’s military career was a long and varied one. The son of a distinguished French literary figure, Thiébault enlisted in the Paris National Guard immediately after the fall of the Bastille in 1789. He then served continuously as a combat leader, staff officer, and military governor until 1815. After the Restoration, he continued to serve, finishing his active military career as lieutenant-général and chief of the Comité de État-major.
Thiébault’s greatest contribution to the military art grows out of the staff manual he published in 1813, Manuel général du service des etats-major géneraux et divisionnaires dans les armies, and his work with Marshal Gouvion Saint-Cyr in the creation of the Staff Corps of the French Army. This manual, together with his Mémoires, and his histories of the Siege of Genoa in 1800 and the French invasion and occupation of Portugal in 1807, constitutes a valuable legacy to France and to the world.
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