Occupation: Soldier; Politician
Born in Saint-Domingue and travelled to France in pursuit of a military career. Heavily involved in local Revolutionary politics in Nantes from 1789, Coustard was subsequently elected to the Legislative Assembly and the National Convention. A member of the Girondin faction, he was back in Nantes as a Representative on Mission when the purge of the Girondins took place on 2 June 1793. Although he then successfully defended Nantes against an attack by Vendée rebels he was subsequently accused of federalism (conspiracy against the authority of the national government in Paris). The Montagnard deputy Carrier found him in hiding in Nantes in October 1793, and he was guillotined in Paris on 6 November.
Appears in these Letters:
6 November: The Terror Gathers Pace
The duchess describes the execution of Brissot and a group of his fellow Girondin deputies. She combines this with broader reflections on the...