Empire's Eagles: The Fate of the Napoleonic Elite in America

Empire's Eagles: The Fate of the Napoleonic Elite in America

by Thomas E. Crocker
Empire's Eagles: The Fate of the Napoleonic Elite in America

Empire's Eagles: The Fate of the Napoleonic Elite in America

by Thomas E. Crocker

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Overview

The never-before told story of how Napoleon's top brass escaped to America after Waterloo. Empire's Eagles is colorful, new, and an effectively unknown chapter in American history. In its center is the mystery of whether Napoleon's "Bravest of the brave," Marshal Ney, cheated a firing squad to escape under an alias and reinvent himself in America. At sunset on June 18, 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte was in desperate flight from the battlefield at Waterloo. Racing to reach Paris, he abandoned on the road his armored coach and Imperial necessaire containing a fortune in precious gems and cash. Would he stand and fight again or flee to the United States of America? On the run and with his options dwindling by the day, Napoleon came within one hour of secretly slipping to America on a Baltimore privateer with the active collusion of the United States consul in Bordeaux. Empire's Eagles tells the details of this story for the first time ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633886544
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 04/01/2021
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 1,107,561
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Thomas E. Crocker is the author of Braddock's March: How the Man Sent To Seize a Continent Changed American History, which received the 2011 Distinguished Book Award from both the New York and District of Columbia Societies of Colonial Wars. Mr. Crocker is currently a member of the Cox Book Prize committee of the Society of the Cincinnati and of the Distinguished Book Prize committee of the General Society of Colonial Wars. In addition to being a published historian, the author is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School. For over 40 years he was a partner in a major national law firm and a U.S. diplomat. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps vii

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Little Drummer Boy 1

Chapter 2 Bonaparte's Retreat 5

Chapter 3 The Enabler 39

Chapter 4 The Hounds of Retribution 63

Chapter 5 The Philadelphia Story 87

Chapter 6 The Altruistic Adventurers 111

Chapter 7 The Alarming Adventurers 123

Chapter 8 The Strange Case of Michel Ney, the "Bravest of the Brave, "Duke of Elchingen, Prince of Moscow, and Marshal of France 155

Chapter 9 The Flight, Trial, and Execution of Marshal Ney 201

Chapter 10 The Eyewitnesses 239

Chapter 11 Was Marshal Ney Executed? 295

Appendix A Principal U.S. Foreign Policy Decision Makers Responsible for France, 1809-1823 361

Appendix B Letter from P. S. Ney to Former President James Madison 363

Notes 365

Bibliography 407

Acknowledgments 415

Index 417

About the Author 431

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