The visits of the tomb led to the collection of an abundance of relics: “Once the first moments of contemplation had passed,” added Abbé Coquereau, “eager for historical memorabilia, we snatched a sprig of grass, a stone, a root from the soil, or a few leaves from the cypress,” down to the last dead willow and to the three tombstones. During the exhumation, small pieces of the outer mahogany coffin were shared. Some of the privileged people obtained rare fragments, such as a piece of solder from one of the lead coffins”.
Last pilgrimage to Napoleon’s tomb
Artist(s) : CHEDEVILLE Alphonse
Last pilgrimage to Napoleon’s tomb, after an original drawing taken on the spot on St Helena 11 October 1840 by ALPHONSE CHEDEVILLE, and belonging to Abbé Coquereau, chaplain attached to the expedition”.
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- Musée de l'Armée, Paris
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- photo : Fondation Napoléon Rebecca Young