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Michel Ney     $25.00
Michel Ney
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Michel Ney was called Bravest of the Brave by Napolean, Emporer of France.  Ney served as a soldier and commander of the military during the French Revolution and Napoleanic Wars.  Ney was appointed by Napolean as one of the original Marshals of France.  Ney fought in many major and minor battles.  Some of his major military successes occurred at Innsbruck, Jena, Erfut, Magdeburg, and Eylaue.  The battle at Eylau saved Napolean from defeat.   Ney participated in the invasion of Portugal and defeated the British on the River Coa.  Ney even defeated the legendary British commander Wellington.  His singular style led to his removal from command because of allegations of insubordination. 

When Napoleon was defeated and exiled, Ney was arrested and tried by the Chamber of Peers.  He was condemned to death an exceuted by a firing squad near the Luxumbourg Gardens. Ney refused to wear a blindfold and was allowed the right to give the order to fire.  Ney reportedy said, "Soldiers, when I give the command to fire, fire straight at my heart. Wait for the order. It will be my last to you. I protest against my condemnation. I have fought a hundred battles for France, and not one against her ... Soldiers, Fire!"  Ney is buried at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France

Autographs from Michel Ney are few and far between.  This manuscript check reproduction would make a great gift or addition to an album or display piece.

 

 

Marshall Michel Ney in the French retreat from Moscow.  Painting by Adolphe Yvon in the Manchester Art Gallery.

 

Michel Ney was known as "The Bravest of the Brave."  Many historians consider him Napoleon's greatest Marshal.  During the retreat from Moscow he was reputed to have been the last Frenchman to leave Russia.

 

 

 

 




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