Napoleon Vanquished

Cartoons of Napoleon Bonaparte in Britain helped to sustain morale during the long war years. 1812 marked the turning point in Napoleon’s military campaigns with huge loss of life and a large depletion of the French armies. This paved the way for allied victories.


 The Journey of a Modern Hero to the Island of Elba  by J. Phillips, published in May 1814

Farewell my brave soldiers, my eagles adieu;
Stung with my ambition, o’er the world ye flew;
But deeds of disaster so sad to rehearse,
I have lived — fatal truth for to know the reverse.
From Moscow. from Lipsic; the case it is clear
I was sent back to France with a flea in my ear.
A lesson to mortals, regarding my fall;
He grasps at a shadow; by grasping at all.
My course it is finish’d my race it is run,
My career it is ended just where it begun.
The Empire of France no more it is mine,
Because I can’t keep it I freely resign.


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