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RIGAUD, Antoine, Baron (re-go), French soldier, born in Agen, France, 14 May, 1758; died in Now Orleans, Louisiana, 4 September, 1820. He enlisted in early life, served in this country under Rochambeau during the Revolution, was promoted a colonel in 1796, and major-general in 1807, and created baron, 19 March, 1808. He served afterward in Spain and Germany, and at Waterloo. After the fall of Napoleon I., he refused to make his submission and tried to incite a rebellion in behalf of his former chief, he was sentenced to death, 16 May, 1816, but escaped to the United States, and was a promoter of the Champ d'Asile in Texas that was founded by exiled French officers. In 1828 he removed to New Orleans, and was attached to the United States engineering department. He executed some works in Mississippi river, and then went to Mexico, where he took part in a revolution. At the time of his death he was a teacher of mathematics in New Orleans. Napoleon, in his "Memorial de Saint Helene," names him "the martyr of glory," and left him in his will $20,000.
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