The skeleton of Marengo at the National Army Museum, London (photo by Nick-D)
Today is the birthday of Napoleon (born August 15, 1769). Marengo was his favorite horse. The grey Arabian was named after the Battle of Marengo (June 1800). He carried the Emperor through several famous battles in which he was wounded eight times. The stallion survived the dramatic retreat from Moscow, but he was captured at Waterloo by William Henry Francis Petre.
Marengo, by Antoine-Jean Gros (mirrored image)
Baron Petre brought the horse back to England where he died at the old age of 38. His skeleton was preserved and is now on display at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, London.
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