Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

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Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon I regnal name
Napoleone Buonaparte
The Corsican nickname
The Little Corporal nickname
August 15, 1769
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15 Aug 1769
Birth of Napoleon
Napoleon Goes to College
Sep 1785
Napoleon Graduates
Apr 1791
Napoleon is appointed first lieutenant of the 4th regiment of artillery at Valence. He immediately joins the Jacobin Club, a debating society. Making speeches against nobles, monks, and bishops, he soon becomes the club's president.
Oct 1792
Napoleon returns to Corsica on leave from his regiment, of which he is now captain.
Apr 1793
Civil war breaks out in Corsica. Pasquale Paoli, dictatorial leader of the effort for an independent Corsica, condemns the Bonaparte family to "perpetual execration and infamy," for their opposition to his side. The entire family flees to contin
Jun 1793
Napoleon rejoins his regiment at Nice after several months away in Corsica.
Aug 1793
When the commander of the National Convention's artillery is wounded at Toulon, Napoleon Bonaparte takes over.
Oct 1793
Napoleon is promoted to adjutant general of the National Convention's artillery.
17 Dec 1793
Harassed by Napoleon's artillery, British troops supporting French royalists leave Toulon to the revolutionaries. Napoleon gains great prestige.
17 Dec 1793
Napoleon wounded by bayonet
22 Dec 1793
Napoleon Bonaparte is promoted to rank of Brigadier General at age 24
Feb 1794
Napoleon Bonaparte becomes commandant of the artillery in the French Army of Italy.
Aug 1794
After Robespierre falls from power in Paris, Napoleon is imprisoned for a month in Nice on charges of conspiracy and treason.
Apr 1795
Napoleon travels to Paris in an attempt to secure a prominent military post for himself. He is unsuccessful and considers working for the sultan of Turkey.

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