French military officer. Officer in the garde du corps of the comte d’Artois, the King’s brother (1775-78).
Proposed to take ten officers with him to America at his own expense, as well as arms and uniforms for a corps of 130 men. The proposal was accepted by the Commissioners (1777).
Brétigney and his company arrived in South Carolina, were captured by the British, and were imprisoned in St. Augustine (1777-78).
Became a lieutenant in the Continental army. Named colonel and placed at the head of a volunteer corps of Frenchmen residing in South Carolina (1779).
Born in Soissons.