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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2022 9:11 p.m. PST

…in arms

"After his statements about bringing Napoleon to Paris in an iron cage and then subsequently joining Napoleon, Marshal Ney became the most prominent target of royalist vengeance after the Hundred Days of 1815. Once Ney was arrested, Marshal Gouvion St. Cyr, the new Minister of War, formed a council of war to try Ney, hoping to staff it with individuals who would be sympathetic to Ney. Initially he selected Marshal Moncey to head the council, but Moncey refused on principle. Moncey was threatened by the king but he held firm and was imprisoned for three months. A new council of war was formed with Marshal Jourdan presiding. The seven judges were:…"

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Vallerotonda18 Sep 2022 2:56 a.m. PST

Very interesting .
Gracias Armand

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2022 3:34 a.m. PST

Indeed. Very interesting. Ney got a poor deal and was ill-served not only by past comrades but also 'honourable enemies'. The Bourbons were determined for some heads 'pour encourager les autres' and Ney was a very notable head indeed. In the end, it is surprising that not much more blood was 'officially' spilt but Les Ultras had to be appeased. However, this would have been little comfort to the families of Ney, De La Bedoyere and the tragic Marshal Brune.

Murvihill18 Sep 2022 5:14 a.m. PST

Ney took oaths, made promises and then broke them. If he had walked up to Napoleon and pumped a round into him it would have saved thousands of lives. I understand what happened and why, but I can't see how a court could rule other than treason.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2022 4:44 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it….


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