Joseph Sulkowski

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Joseph Sulkowski
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Józef Sułkowski by Antoni Brodowski
Born c.1770
Palatinate of Poznań
Died 22 October 1798
Cairo, Egypt
Allegiance Kingdom of France,
First French Republic
Service/branch Army
Rank Captain
Battles/wars French Revolutionary Wars
(Italy, Egypt)

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.



A fine strategist, he played an important role in the first Italian campaign. It was his bravery that led to the capture of the Saint-George batteries. He was wounded at the battle of Arcole.


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.