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MarbotsChasseurs04 Jun 2022 11:39 a.m. PST

Hello everyone,


I posted the above portrait of a Major of the 21e Ligne on my Facebook Group. My first thought was it could be Major Pierre-Etienne Fabry, but it could be another man as Fabry left the regiment on 31 March 1809 to become Colonel en Second of the 9th Demi-Brigade de Reserve. He later became the Colonel of the 26e Ligne in 1810. His Base Leonore file. link

However, thanks to the help of Paul Lindsay Dawson, the portrait most likely is Major Jean-François Rome. According to Mr. Dawson, "judging by the shako plate, which is the 1808 model, used until 1813, I assume it to be Jean Francois Rome."

Many may know him better as the Colonel of the 7e Legere during the Russian Campaign in 1812. Looking at his portrait as a General de Brigade and comparing it to the man in the first portrait, his chin, nose, and smirk are spot on. Always fun to put a name to a face.


Jean-François Rome Base Leonore file. link and his service record from 2YB554 – 7e Léger 1807-1813



Fred Mills04 Jun 2022 12:06 p.m. PST

Great stuff. Love these posts.

Michman05 Jun 2022 7:30 a.m. PST

Super !!!
Thank you, and Mr. Dawson !

The grade of "major" was established by l'Arrêté du 1er Consul du 24 septembre 1803. For the 21e de ligne ….

Pierre-Étienne Fabry
born 1761 at Versailles
major 4.XI.1803 – 31.III.1809

Jean-François Rome
born 1773 at Monay, south of Dijon
major 7.IV.1809 – 15.IV.1811

Jacques Ricard
born 1769 at Château-Arnoux, en Provence
major 20.VII.1811 – 28.VI.1813

François Jobert
born 1775 at Pressigny, northeast of Dijon
major 7.IX.1813 – 2.X.1815

The grade of "major en second" was established by the Décret impérial du 23 avril 1811. For the 21e de ligne ….

Louis-Bertrand Lafiton
born 1771 at Nantes
major en 2e 22.VI.1811 – 10.IV1813

MarbotsChasseurs05 Jun 2022 9:31 a.m. PST


Thank you for the information! Jacques Ricard was lucky to survive Wagram.

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