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LEFEBVRE-DESNOUETTES, Charles (leh-faibr'-day-noo-et'), French soldier, born in Paris, France, 14 September, 1773; died at sea, 22 April, 1822. He served in the French army in Belgium in 1792, was aide-de-camp to Napoleon at Marengo, became brigadier-general in 1806, and general of division in 1808. He was made a peer in 1815, fought at Fleurus and Waterloo, and after this battle was condemned to death by the royalists, but escaped to the United States, where he attempted, with General Lallemand (q. v.), to found a colony of French refugees in Alabama. While in. this country he was in correspondence with Napoleon for the purpose of effecting his rescue from St. Helena. On the death of the latter, Lefebvre received by his will 150,000 francs, but was lost at sea while returning to Europe.
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