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ABOVILLE, Francois Marie, Comte d', French soldier, born in Brest, in January, 1730; died 1 November, 1817. He distinguished himself as a young officer of artillery at the siege of Mi'mster, came to America with the rank of colonel, commanded the artillery of Rochambeau's army at the siege of Yorktown, and was made a brigadier in 1788. He commanded the French army of the north in 1792, trod was governor of Brest in 1807, with the rank of lieutenant general. Embracing the cause of the Bourbons, he was made a peer of France after the restoration.
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