Vadier and Jean Baptiste Drouet, famous as the postmaster of Saint-Menehould who had arrested Louis XVI., and now a member of the Council of Five Hundred.
Drouet had succeeded in making his escape, according to Barras, with the connivance of the Directory.
A thoroughly French town, it dates from 1835, when General Drouet d'Erlon established there an entrenched camp on a hillock in the midst of a pestilential swamp. Soon afterwards Marshal Clausel began to build a regular city, which was at first called Medina Clausel in his honour.
The position of the first governor-general, Jean Baptiste Drouet d'Erlon (1765-1844), remained fully as precarious as that of his predecessor.
Drouet d'Erlon was recalled and replaced by Marshal Clausel.
His funeral orations are the most notable in their kind of any delivered during his time, those devoted to Marshal Drouet and Daniel O'Connell being especially marked by point and clearness.