Skip to comments.Remains of Napoleon's One-Legged General Found Under Russian Dance Floor
Posted on 07/12/2019 12:18:24 PM PDT by NorseViking
An excavation in a peculiar place under the foundation of a dance floor in Russia has uncovered the remains of one of Napoleon Bonaparte's favorite generals: a one-legged man who was killed by a cannonball more than 200 years ago, news sources report.
Gen. Charles Etienne Gudin fought with Napoleon during the failed French invasion of Russia in 1812. On July 6 of this year, an international team of French and Russian archaeologists discovered what are believed to be his remains, in Smolensk, a city about 250 miles (400 kilometers) west of Moscow, according to Reuters.
After his death at age 44 on Aug. 22, 1812, Gudin got star treatment. His name was inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, his bust was placed at the Palace of Versailles, a Paris street was named after him and, as a sentimental gesture, his heart was removed from his body and placed in a chapel at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. [Photos: Archaeologists Excavate Battlefield from Napoleonic Wars]
The researchers said that several clues suggested that the skeleton they found under the dance floor belongs to Gudin, who had known Napoleon since childhood. Both men attended the Military School in Brienne, in France's Champagne region. Upon hearing of Gudin's death, Napoleon reportedly cried and ordered that his friend's name be engraved on the Arc de Triomphe, according to Euronews.
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“After his death at age 44 on Aug. 22, 1812, Gudin got star treatment”
I’m sure he’d be floored to know this. :)
Someone had a sense of humor.
I knew where it was all along - I pegged it!
The Russians danced on his grave ever since.
Sure made two-steppin kinda awkward for the poor fella...
Too bad ‘Great Balls of Fire’ wouldn’t be written for another 145 years.
[a one-legged man who was killed by a cannonball]
Why under a dance floor? Im stumped.
I have no idea. Nothing about it in the article.
In prior times, the building was a brothel
You know in Wyoming you can’t hang a man with a wooden leg.
Nope...ya gotta use a rope!
In prior times, the building was a brothel.
Alright...here we go!
Have your heard of people who dance the “cha cha”? General Gudin danced the “cha.”
I knew there’d be ass-clownery on this thread.
His name was Ilene-ski.
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