Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
René-Charles-Élisabeth, comte de Ligniville Collection, 1793-[1797]

Finding aid created by
Erin Platte and Meg Hixon, October 2012

Summary Information
Title: René-Charles-Élisabeth, comte de Ligniville collection
Creator: Ligniville, René-Charles-Élisabeth, comte de, 1757-1813
Inclusive dates: 1793-[1797]
Bulk dates: 1796
Extent: 13 items
Abstract:
This collection is made up of 13 letters that René-Charles-Élisabeth, comte de Ligniville, a French Army officer, wrote in the 1790s. Twelve items are manuscript letters that Ligniville wrote to other officers and military officials during the French Revolution, and one is a published "Exposé."

Language: The material is in French
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1994. M-3074.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

René-Charles-Élisabeth, comte de Ligniville collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

René-Charles-Élisabeth, comte de Ligniville, was born in 1757. In 1776, he became captain of a regiment of dragoons in the French Army, and he later served as aide-de-camp to Jean Baptiste Charles Henri Hector, comte d'Estaing. Ligniville married Marie Camille-Victoire de Cassagne Beaufort de Miramon in 1787. He joined Lafayette's army at Montmédy in 1791, and was arrested in 1793 after Charles François Dumouriez's defection. He was released shortly thereafter, and lived in Germany until 1800, when he became prefect of Haute-Marne. René-Charles-Élisabeth, comte de Ligniville, died on September 15, 1813.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of 13 letters that René-Charles-Élisabeth, comte de Ligniville, a French Army officer, wrote in the 1790s. Twelve items are manuscript letters that Ligniville wrote to other officers and military officials, primarily General Paul Greneir, during the French Revolution, and one is a published "Exposé."

The earliest item is a printed letter, titled Exposé de la Conduite du Citoyen Ligniville..., that Ligniville wrote about his 1793 arrest and subsequent imprisonment in the prison de l'Abbaye. Ligniville sent 12 letters to General Paul Grenier, General Jean Baptiste Kléber, and another French military official between 1796 and 1797. In them, he reported on military movements, military developments, and General Kléber's directives. In one of his letters to Kléber, Ligniville requested a leave to visit his sick aunt. He wrote all 12 letters on stationery with printed letterheads bearing the motto of the French Republic, as well as his name.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • France. Armée.
    • France--History--Revolution, 1789-1799--Early works to 1800.
    • France--History--Revolution, 1789-1799--Prisoners and prisons.
    Genre Terms:
    • Circulars (flyers)
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   4, Small Collections  
    René-Charles-Élisabeth, comte de Ligniville collection [series]:
    Folder   19-20  
     April 23, 1793-[June 1797]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    D'Hauterive, M. Borel. Annuaire de la Noblesse de France fondé en 1843. Volume 63. Paris: Au Bureau de la Publication, 1905.

    Hoefer. "Grenier (Paul, comte)." Nouvelle Biographie Générale Depuis les Temps les Plus Reculés Jusqu'à Nos Jours: Avec les Renseignements Bibliographiques et L'indication des Sources à Consulter. Volume 21. Paris: Firmin Didot frères, fils et cie, 1853. 920-921.

    Hoefer. "Kleber (Jean-Baptiste)." Nouvelle Biographie Générale Depuis les Temps les Plus Reculés Jusqu'à Nos Jours: Avec les Renseignements Bibliographiques et L'indication des Sources à Consulter. Volume 27. Paris: Firmin Didot frères, fils et cie, 1853. 822-825.

    Hoefer. "Ligniville (René-Charles-Élisabeth)." Nouvelle Biographie Générale Depuis les Temps les Plus Reculés Jusqu'à Nos Jours: Avec les Renseignements Bibliographiques et L'indication des Sources à Consulter. Volume 31. Paris: Firmin Didot frères, fils et cie, 1853. 210-211.