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Old April 12th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #1

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Question Napoleon Bonaparte Questions


So for my animation piece on Napoleon Bonaparte I'm hoping to be a historically accurate as possible, however I have some questions I can't seem to find the answers to online.

From my research on the Battle of Waterloo, it started at about 11:30am and finished at around 9pm with the final defeat of Napoleon. In the night before it had rained heavily and hence why Napoleon delayed his attack because of the wet ground making it hard for cavalry and artillery to be fully utilised.
Source: <-BBC History

After the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon retreated back to Paris where on June 22, was abdicated, in favour of his son.
He then decided to leave France before counterrevolutionary forces could rally against him, and on July 15 he surrendered to British protection at the port of Rochefort
Source:<-History.com

And that between the months of March to October starting and ending on last Sunday. Belgium has daylight savings time.
Source: <-CIA Fact Book via Answers.com

"You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks."
Source:<-Brainy Quote






So my questions are
  1. So during the final hour(s) of the Battle of Waterloo, what was the setting like; near dusk or an actual night with a clear or cloudy sky?
  2. When Napoleon recognised defeat; what was his actions, post battle? Did he as such, completely flee the battlefield in fear or did he leave casually per se on his horse meeting up with his generals and lieutenants before heading back to Paris?
  3. Given that Napoleon apparently pardoned Mathew Flinders, would've he have written a letter to the then Governor Charles Mathieu Isidore Decaen or personally pardoned Mathew Flinders whilst he was imprisoned?
  4. And finally, when did Napoleon deliver that quote. Was it during a pre battle speech or during a political meeting?
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Old April 13th, 2012, 11:34 AM   #2

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i'll offer what i can but hopefully other members who know the waterloo campainge better can fill in the gaps *cough* SEPPRO*cough*
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  1. So during the final hour(s) of the Battle of Waterloo, what was the setting like; near dusk or an actual night with a clear or cloudy sky?
it would have been near dusk as i know they were still gathering up the wounded after the battle.
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    1. When Napoleon recognised defeat; what was his actions, post battle? Did he as such, completely flee the battlefield in fear or did he leave casually per se on his horse meeting up with his generals and lieutenants before heading back to Paris?
he left by carriage i think it was, don't know what his thoughts would have been but he must have been pretty dejected at the total failure of his whole comeback. he knew the game was up then.
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    1. Given that Napoleon apparently pardoned Mathew Flinders, would've he have written a letter to the then Governor Charles Mathieu Isidore Decaen or personally pardoned Mathew Flinders whilst he was imprisoned?
    2. And finally, when did Napoleon deliver that quote. Was it during a pre battle speech or during a political meeting?
havent a clue on those
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Old April 13th, 2012, 11:11 PM   #3

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Okay thanks for your input.
I can imagine Napoleon being completely gutted and angry from the Battle of Waterloo, seeing his Garde Impériale retreat for the first time. Wasted comeback before his final exile.
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When Napoleon recognised defeat; what was his actions, post battle? Did he as such, completely flee the battlefield in fear or did he leave casually per se on his horse meeting up with his generals and lieutenants before heading back to Paris?
The traditional version seems to be that first he had to get out of the vicinity of the battlefield, and what seems to have transpired was the 1ère Régiment de la Garde Imperial formed a square around their emperor, and the ensamble marched away, back to camp.

Back at the encampent there was a more or less total panic, and in the evening of the battle Napoleon assembled his generals and they all got on their horses, formed up a following caravan of 14 carriages, and set off in the night, back towards his residence at Fontainbleau castle outside Paris. On the way five of carriages broke down and had to be abandoned (testament to the group being in rather a hurry one would think), and were taken by the pursuing Prussians, including a good chunk of Napoleon's personal luggage. Napoleon himself seems to have at least started the journey on horseback.
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