Friday, September 2, 2011

Be calm, gentlemen; this is my fate

‘…Moreau, dissatisfied with the indifference with which he had been treated by Bonaparte, and acquainted with his intentions and projects, was already thinking of forsaking his cause, which he regarded as unjust, and traitorous to his nation. ..’

The text above comes from Walter Scott’s ‘The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte”.  Jean Victor Marie Moreau who had battled bravely for Napoleon did ultimately turn against him, being interested in installing a republican form of government.  The general who gained fame for capturing 5,000 prisoners during his retreat from Tourcoing was mortally wounded at the Battle of Dresden (August 27, 1813), dying the following September 2nd.  His last words are in the title line.

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