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Józef Sułkowski by Antoni Brodowski
Palatinate of Poznań
|Died||22 October 1798
|Allegiance||Kingdom of France,
First French Republic
|Battles/wars||French Revolutionary Wars
Joseph Sulkowski, (c. 1770, Palatinate of Poznań – 22 October 1798, Cairo, Egypt) was a Polish captain in the French Revolutionary Army and friend and aide de camp to Bonaparte. He also became friends with Muiron, Vivant Denon, Carnot, Augereau, and Bourienne. His name is engraved on the Arc de Triomphe, on the 28th column, as SULKOSKY.
He died in the revolt of Cairo on 22 October 1798 and his body was given to the dogs (he was still suffering from wounds received a few weeks earlier). On hearing of his death Bonaparte showed remorse and, asked why he did not honour him more when he was alive, replied "On first meeting him, I saw in him a commander in chief". Dying too young, Carnot would have seen in him a potential replacement for the future emperor. Shortly before his death, he married one of the daughters of Venture de Paradis, an old military interpreter on the Egyptian expedition.