Jean-Baptiste Dominique Rusca

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Jean-Baptiste Dominique Rusca
De Maurizio Felice - ritratto del generale Rusca - incisione - ca. 1840.jpg
Jean-Baptiste Dominique Rusca
Born 27 November 1759 (1759-11-27)
La Brigue, County of Nice, Piedmont-Sardinia, now France
Died 14 February 1814 (1814-02-15) (aged 54)
Soissons, France
Allegiance France France
Service/branch Sappers, Infantry
Rank General of Division
Battles/wars French Revolutionary Wars
Napoleonic Wars
Awards Légion d'Honneur
Other work Physician, Count of the Empire

Jean-Baptiste Dominique Rusca (27 November 1759 – 14 February 1814) was born in the County of Nice, part of the Kingdom of Sardinia. By profession a medical doctor, he advocated the cause of the French Revolution and was expelled by the Sardinian authorities. In 1793, he treated the French sick and wounded during the Siege of Toulon and was appointed to command a sapper battalion. He later fought in the Army of Italy and the Army of the Eastern Pyrenees before returning to Italy. By the time of the Montenotte Campaign in 1796, he was a general officer leading major units. He was captured by the Austrians during the 1799 Italian campaign. After commanding garrisons for several years, he led a division in Italy during the 1809 war. He was killed in action at Soissons during the War of the Sixth Coalition. Rusca is one of the names inscribed under the Arc de Triomphe.

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