Napoleon Series Archive 2009

Flag question (not for the faint-hearted)

In late 1803 General de Noailles escaped from Saint-Domingue but, following an encounter with a British ship, which involved him boarding the vessel and seizing control with his grenadiers, died of his wounds and was buried in Havanna, Cuba. In a macabre twist 'his soldiers, who adored him, asked for his heart, which was granted to them. Placed in a silver box, it was, for a long time, attached to the pole of the regiment's flag'.

Can anyone throw any light onto which unit (demi-brigade) this might have been, and what happened to the silver casket?

The troops involved in Noailles's boarding of the British ship consisted of the 31st Demi-Brigade, and some Poles of the 3rd Polish Legion. But there were other troops from Noaille's garrison in Cuba.

A bit of a mystery!

Jonathan

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