18.11.11

Did Marshal Ney die in America? A 19th century mystery



Less than 100 miles south-east of where I am is Davidson County NC. It has been a tale long told with pride there that one of Napoleon Bonapart's favorite Generals that died in that county on the 15th November 1846. That man allegedly was Michel Ney, Duc of Elchingen and Prince of the Moscowa. An article in the International Napoleonic Society relates this...

We are the 15 th of November 1846. An old professor, respected by everyone, dies in Rowan County, North Carolina. Lying on his death bed, he finds the strength to say a few words to his friends who surround him: "I will not die with a lie on the lips. I am Marshal Ney of France". One can imagine the trouble, if not the amazement, which also immediately sweeps over the audience. A dying man has just admitted that he is not the one that he has always claimed to be. But what did he claim exactly? And what do we really know about him? In fact, his origins are as mysterious as his last words. This is an interesting article and the rest may be found here...

This article reminds me of the rumors of the various generals of Nazi Germany after WWII. If this is true it is an in glorious end for a man like Ney, the duelist's duelist, hiding from an enemy who had no desire to find him...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

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