Sunday, April 24, 2016

Monument to Francis Garnier

Monument to Francis Garnier by Denys Puech, Place Camille-Jullian, Paris
Monument to Francis Garnier by Denys Puech, 1898
Place Camille-Jullian
Quartier Notre-Dame-des-Champs, 6e arrondissement
Paris, July 2002

“On 21 December 1873 Liu Yongfu and around 600 Black Flags, marching beneath an enormous black banner, approached the west gate of Hanoi. A large Vietnamese army followed in their wake. Garnier began shelling the Black Flags with a field piece mounted above the gate, and when they began to fall back he led a party of 18 French marine infantrymen out of the city to chase them away. The attack failed. Garnier, leading three men uphill in a bayonet attack on a party of Black Flags, was stabbed and hacked to death by several Black Flag soldiers after stumbling in a watercourse.”
(Francis Garnier, Wikipedia)

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