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Waterloo Related French Napoleonic General's Saddle:
A French First Empire Generals saddle with Waterloo connection. Made entirely of crimson velvet, edged with silk train lace. The front bolster piece is decorated with brass domed studs. Supported on a wooden frame which is padded with to hair stuffed cushions to either side, covered with a blue and white stiped cotton fabric. There is an old paper label attached to the underside which when translated, state; “saddle that belonged to General Pierre Francois Bauduin during the Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815 and died in action. Recovered by my ancestor Hippolyte Marescaille de Courrcelles, and transmitted from Collection du chateau, inventory made by me, Jean Comte Dauger, May 1924.” Overall showing some light wear, a very interesting and historically important piece.
Plaque showing the spot where General Bauduin was killed is attached to the garden wall of Hougoumont.
Pierre-François Bauduin, born onJanuary 25,1768inLiancourt-Fossein theSommeand died onJune 18,1815at theBattle of WaterlooinBelgium, was aFrench general of the Revolution and Empire.UNDER THE REVOLUTION AND THE CONSULATE
He entered service onSeptember 11th 1792, as a lieutenant in the118thdemi brigade, which later became32nddemi brigade.Quartermaster on 11th FructidorYear II, lieutenant on 4th VentôseYear III, assistant to the Adjutants-General on the 5th of the same month, and deputy captain on 14 VendémiaireYear V, he served in the campaigns from 1792 to Year II, in the armies of theAlpsand ofItaly, and that of Year III on the frigateCourageuse, and that of Year IV toYear VIIto the armies of the Alps and Italy.
Appointed to form part of the secondreserve army of ItalyinYear VIII, he was called as aide-de-camp toGeneral Herbinon 15 Germinal.On 20 Prairial, at thebattle of Montebello, he was one of the first to enter the village ofCasteggio, at the head of a detachment of the24thlight demi-brigade ,forced the enemy to abandon this position.He renders important services at thebattle of Marengo, although wounded by a shot in the thigh at the beginning of the day.Part of theGardannedivision having been forced and routed on the line ofGrosse-Cassini, Bauduin rallied the grenadiers and the riflemen and maneuvererwith them so as to protect the flank of the column commanded by General Herbin.On the line of the village of Marengo, where this general’s brigade fought until three o’clock in the afternoon.He crosses the stream which separates him from the enemy three times to charge him, and in the last attempt leads a battalion which hesitates to pass in his wake, throwing his hat on the other side of the stream and rushing into it first.FROM BATTALION COMMANDER TO GENERAL OF THE EMPIRE
Promoted battalion commander on the battlefield, he passed in this capacity to the16th of the linedemi-brigadeon 16 Pluviôseyear XI, was appointedmember of the Legion of Honoron 25 prairialyear XII, and followed the operations of his new corps during yearsXIIIandXIV, at sea, withAdmiral Villeneuve, and in 1807 and 1808 in theGrande Armée.He made the campaign of 1809 inGermany, distinguished himself atEsslingandPressburg, was promoted to colonel of the93rdregiment of the lineonJuly 2nd, and created Officer of the Legion of HonourandBaron of the Empireon 13thAugust 15thof the same year.Sent in 1810 to the observation corps ofHolland, and in 1812 to the Grand Army ofRussia, he was seriously wounded in the right arm during the campaign, and would have received in his own hands from Napoleon during the plan of thebattle of the Moskvathe Commander’s Cross of the Legion of HonourAugust 26th.
Raised to the rank ofbrigadier generalMarch 9th 1813, he gained further glory at the Battles ofLützen,WurschenandBautzen,Saxony.He took command of the department ofPyrénées-OrientalesonAugust 11th the same year. Attached to the7th ProvinsionalInfantry Division of theYoung GuardonJanuary 24th, 1814.Put in non-activity, after the abdication of the Emperor, appointedKnight of Saint-LouisonSeptember 11th, he was called during theHundred Daysto command a brigade in theArmée du Nordand was mortally wounded in front of theHougoumontfarm during theBattle of Waterloo.Napoleon insists on paying him a last visit in homage to his exploits while he is dying.His name is engraved on the bronze tables of theMuseum of Versailles.COPYRIGHT
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