France, Staue to General Desaix
The government of France decreed, that a statue should be erected to the honour of General Desaix, who fell mortally wounded in the moment of victory, at the battle of Marengo in 1800.
He had a distinguished military career, being provisionally appointed commander of the "Army of England," he was soon transferred by Bonaparte to the expeditionary force intended for Egypt. It was his division which bore the brunt of the Mamluk attack at the battle of the Pyramids, and he crowned his reputation by his victories over Murad Bey in Upper Egypt.
Having been sent back to Italy, his leadership was significant in securing victory at Marengo but was killed by a musket ball at the moment of victory.
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