Sergeant Taria, Grenadiere de la Garde, 1809-1815
A week or so back I posted about two Union sailors lost on the Monitor, whose faces have been given back to us as computer reconstructions.
A series of black and white images published on Retronaut seem almost as miraculous to me. These grand old men, probably photographed in 1858, likely assembled in Paris for an annual gathering of Napoleon’s soldiers. All wear the St. Helene medal, “issued on August 12, 1857 to all veterans of the wars of the Revolution and the Empire”.
Some of them still look as trim and dashing as they did in their prime. Some have clearly struggled back into their uniforms. The uniforms themselves look amazing, and it’s the first time I’ve actually seen photographs of actual Napoleonic uniforms.
The whole collection may be found here. Quite lovely.