Pierre Pouchot was a French military engineer and officer born on April 8, 1712 in Grenoble, France. He joined the army in 1733 and in just a year later on May 1, 1734 he was promoted to a second lieutenant. He served in Italy, Flanders, and Germany and in the War of the Austrian Succession he won a cross of the order of St. Louis in September of 1748. In 1754, his regiment was sent to Canada, specifically Fort Niagara, to improve its defenses. He also even assisted in the layouts of the siege in the Battle of Fort Oswego in July and August of 1756. Over the course of the next three years, he was removed and rejoined Fort Niagara three times. He went on to die in May of 1769 in Corsica.