|Jean-de-Dieu Soult, born on March 29th 1769 in Saint-Amans-la-Bastide, near Mazamet in the Tarn, and died on November 26th 1851 in Saint-Amans-la-Bastide, serviceman and French politician, duke of Dalmatia, Marshal of Empire. He was, with Davout, Lannes, Masséna and Brunette, one of the rare marshals of Napoleon to be able to leading effectively an army far from the Emperor.
When Napoleon returned from Elba, Soult at once declared himself a Bonapartist, was made a peer of France and acted as major-general (chief of staff) to the emperor in the campaign of Waterloo, in which role he distinguished himself far less than he had done as commander of an over-matched army. In the battle of Waterloo, when Napoleon, in the sight of the disaster, wants to rush in the middle of bayonets, Soult, stayed by his side until the last moment, succeeds, by seizing the rein of its horse, in pulling him on the road of Charleroi.
Here finishes the military career of the marshal. His role in the battle of Waterloo is certainly its worst military page. He is responsible for the non-coming of Grouchy by having sending to this general a single mail, contrary to what had made in such a case, in Napoleon's statements, marshal Berthier. However, Napoleon made the error not to listen to him, when Soult warned him as for the quality of the British infantry which Napoleon has never faced.