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Marshal Jean Mathieu Philibert Serurier born.

Saturday, 8 December 1742

On the 8th of December 1742 to a middle class family in Laon, France Jean Mathieu Philibert Serurier was born. As a young man he joined the Laon Militia and rose to the rank of Lieutenant. He surendered to Field Marshal Suvorov, but was later paroled and returned to France. Becoming a Marshal in 1804 and Govoner of Les Invalides. In 1814 he destroyed over 1000 captured enemy standards, including the sword and sash of Fredrick the Great rather than let the Allies re-claim them. He rallied to Napoleon for the 100 days, yet afterwards voted for the execution of Ney.