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There are many mysteries and myths about Napoleon’s horses. The most famous horse was known as Marengo, who carried him to victory in the Battle of Marengo, and the legends have it that he carried him to victory in almost all his other battles as well.

IMG_20171105_1546593 The Battle of Friedland by Emile Jean Horace Vernet ( 1789-1863) The battle at Friedland , on  June 14, 1807, was a resounding defeat for the Russians.

Marengo was a small ( only just over 14 hh) grey of Arabian breeding . He was wounded eight times in his career and survived the retreat from Moscow but was captured at Waterloo (June 1815) and taken prisoner by William Francis Petre who brought him to England  and  sold him to Lieutenant-Colonel Angerstein of the Grenadier Guards.  Marengo died of old age at the age of 38! Quite a long  life for a horse.

His skeleton…

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