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St Arnaud

St.-Arnaud, JACQUES ACHILLE LEROY DE (1801-54), Marshal of France, was born in Paris, and first entered the army in 1816, but after a short period he went upon the stage and remained an actor for ten years, re-entering the army in 1831. He aided in the suppression of the La Vendee insurrection, and spent fiftetn years in Algeria, greatly distinguishing himself. He became general in 1847, subdued the Kabyles, and was made Minister of War in 1851, in which year he took a leading part in carrying out the coup d'etat. He held the chief French command in the early days of the Crimean war, but died shortly after the Alma.