Francois-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers
Bonaparte's Letter to Admiral Brueys' Widow
Brueys D'Aigalliers began his life at sea at the age of
13 and served during the American War of Independence.
1792 he was a captain and fours years later, as a junior
admiral, took the Ionean Islands for France.
1798 he was promoted to vice-admiral and led the naval forces
during the expedition to Egypt.
by Admiral Horatio Nelson
at Aboukir Bay, his fleet's
poor dispersal allowed the British to cut them to pieces.
For most of the battle, Brueys D'Aigalliers lay on the quarterdeck
of his flagship L'Orient having had his legs broken.
extreme courage he refused to leave his command post but,
just before his ship exploded under the combined attack
from several British vessels, he was killed by a cannonball.