Wednesday, 30 January 2013
General de Brigade Jean-Hyacinthe-Sebastien Chartrand
In the end, I decided to follow the splitting up of theTirailleurs and the Voltigeurs across the 2 brigades. So the first brigade, under General Chartrand will have the 1st Tirailleurs and the 1st Voltigeurs, whilst the second brigade will have the 3rd regiments of both. Chartrand was born on 22 January 1779 and joined the army at the age of 14 (I love his christian name, particularly "Hyacinthe" - to English-speakers, Frenchmen sometimes have rather feminine sounding names...). He rose swiftly through the ranks and by July 1813 was colonel of 25th Line Regiment. He was promoted to General-de-Brigade later that year. He appears to have met an unfortunate end, being executed on 22 May 1816 for rallying to Napoleon's cause in 1815. The mounted officer here is not dressed as a General de Brigade, rather as a colonel of the Tirailleurs of the Guard (the cuffs are correct for this; if he was a colonel in the Voltigeurs he would have pointed cuffs like the legere infantry). I have no idea whether Chartrand was actually ever a colonel in the Young Guard, or whether his rank was sufficient to have him assigned to the Young Guard's first brigade. The foot figure is another Foundry sculpt, and it's not clear to me whether he is wearing the pre-1812 coat or the Bardin jacket but with the buttons undone (there are a couple of figures in the range that clearly have their coats unbuttoned). I thought I'd portray him as the latter; a rather flustered adjutant of the Voltigeurs (note the correct pointed cuffs) who has lost his horse and has come to tell Chartrand that the situation at Plancenoit isn't going too well. The uniforms aren't perfect for who these people are supposed to be, but they were the best use I could think of for these particular figures. And it gives me an excuse to paint some more Young Guard (all I have so far are some Voltigeurs having a rest)!
2 figures. Painted August 2012.