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- Napoléon takes command
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Humanities and Social Science
- How did Napoléon rise so rapidly from Corsican outsider to emperor of France? It is one of history's most beguiling questions, one that has prompted legions of authors faced with a lifetime's worth of facts and myths to write whole shelves of explanatory volumes. One key episode in Napoléon's early military career unfolded in the port city of Toulon in the fall of 1793. Following a counterrevolutionary Royalist victory, the city was occupied by a combined British, Spanish, Neapolitan and Piedmontese force, including a fleet under Vice Adm. Samuel Hood. Republican General Jean Francois Carteaux's army arrived in September to undertake a siege of Toulon. Carteaux's chief of artillery was wounded in the early fighting, and as fortune, fortuitous timing and excellent political connections would have it, a well-trained young artillery captain named Buonaparte was available. In taking charge of a chaotic and maladministered military force, Napoléon took his first serious command - and his first steps on the path to power.
- Military History Vol. 25, Issue 3, p. 34-39
- Weider History Group
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- journal article