Nicolas-Joseph Beaurepaire

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Nicolas Beaurepaire (1792)
Colonel Beaurepaire

Nicolas-Joseph Beaurepaire (7 January 1740, Coulommiers, Seine-et-Marne – 2 September 1792) was a French officer.

Born in Coulommiers, he commanded the defense of Verdun against the invading Allied armies of the First Coalition, shortly before they were stopped at the Battle of Valmy. He chose death by suicide to avoid the dishonor of surrendering Verdun.

He was buried in the Panthéon,[1] though his body has since disappeared.


This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "article name needed". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.