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The Last Surviving Images Of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars

1800s | August 24, 2015

In 1815, Napoléon Bonaparte and his army were defeated during the Battle of Waterloo. But even after Napoléon’s death in 1821, the soldiers who fought with him in battles continued to revere him and pay their respects every 5th of May -- his death anniversary.

Wearing the uniforms they fought in, the proud veterans march to Paris' Place Vendôme to pay homage to the Emperor.

It was during one of these occasions that these images were taken, possibly in 1858, when these Napoleonic warriors were well into their 70s and 80s. These are their only surviving photos.

Grenadier Burg, 24th Regiment of the Guard, 1815

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Monsieur Mauban, 8th Dragoon Regiment, 1815

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Monsieur Moret, 2nd Regiment, 1814-15

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Monsieur Ducel Mameluke de la Garde, 1813-1815

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Monsieur Vitry, Departmental Guard

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Monsieur Dupont, Fourier for the 1st Hussar

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Quartermaster Fabry, 1st Hussars

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Monsieur Schmit, 2nd Mounted Chasseur Regiment, 1813-14

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Monsieur Maire, 7th Hussars, c. 1809-15

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Quartermaster Sergeant Delignon, in the uniform of a Mounted Chasseur of the Guard, 1809-1815

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Sergeant Taria, Grenadiere de la Garde, 1809-1815

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Monsieur Loria, 24th Mounted Chasseur, Regiment Chevalier of the Legion of Honor

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Monsieur Lefebre, Sergeant 2nd Regiment of Engineers, 1815

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Monsieur Dreuse of 2nd Light Horse Lancers of the Guard, c. 1813-14

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Monsieur Verlinde of the 2nd Lancers, 1815

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"The base and railings of the column of the Place Vendôme appear this day decked out with the annual offerings to the memory of the man whose statue adorns the summit. The display of garlands of immortelles, and other tributes of the kind, is greater than usual…the old soldiers of the Empire performed their usual homage yesterday at the same place."

- as noted by the Times of London in May 1855

Credit: Brown University Library

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