Gerard Christophe Michel Duroc, duke of Friuli, a French general, born at Pont-a-Mous-son, near Nancy, Oct. 25, 1772, killed near Markersdorf, Saxony, May 22, 1813. He served in the first wars of the revolution as adjutant of Gen. L'Espinasse, joined the army of Italy in 1796, became brigadier general in 1797, took part in the Egyptian campaign, and after Napolen's return to France and the 18th Brumaire, in which he was a chief actor, he was made lieutenant general and governor of the Tuileries. He was employed on diplomatic missions to Stockholm, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Berlin, and Dresden; took part in the battle of Austerlitz as successor of Oudi-not; and accompanied Napoleon in the campaigns of 1806 and 1807. In 1809 he was with the emperor in Austria, and negotiated the truce of Znaym. In 1812 he was in the Russian campaign, always enthusiastically devoted to the cause of Napoleon, of whom he was a great favorite. After the battle of Bautzen, while escorting the emperor to an elevation adjoining the battle ground, he was struck by a cannon shot. The farm house in which he died was purchased by Napoleon, who caused a monument to be erected there to Duroc's memory.
His remains were removed in 1845 to the church of the Invalides in Paris.