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Re: Burying the dead

Postby jf42 » July 11th, 2016, 5:03 pm

Boosting this old thread to share this post by our own Shannon Selin and links shared on Napoleon Series discussion her posting.

http://shannonselin.com/2016/07/napoleo ... d-cleanup/

http://www.napoleon-series.org/cgi-bin/ ... ;id=175339
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Re: Burying the dead

Postby DaveH » July 11th, 2016, 9:30 pm

I have put the detail about the Marengo ossuary research on Members' Articles and Research under Marengo bones.

The bones from Wagram are in the crypt of the church at Margrafneusiedl and there is a photo of them in the Osprey by Ian Castle. They are however the bones at the back of the crypt, as the churchyard is regularly cleared to make space for new burials.

I was on an Eckmuhl battlefields trip with Ian and the late Romain Baulesch in 1992 and I remember a big pit with a memorial somewhere near the main battlefield. I suspect this was more common when the weather wasn't so hot and the ground was soft enough for burials.
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Re: Burying the dead

Postby jf42 » July 12th, 2016, 9:48 am

A rich vein of references to bone collection here:

https://medium.com/study-of-history/the ... .7rs8er1h3
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Re: Burying the dead

Postby Dominique T. » July 25th, 2016, 12:46 pm

Were the bones of dead British soldiers really dug up from the battlefields of Waterloo, crushed and used as fertiliser in Yorkshire?


When I read this, it sounds like if it's OK if they are "foreign" soldiers, but it's an outrage if they are British soldiers...
The guy doesn't seem to understand all were treated the same way...
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Re: Burying the dead

Postby jf42 » August 3rd, 2016, 8:54 pm

Dominique T. wrote:
Were the bones of dead British soldiers really dug up from the battlefields of Waterloo, crushed and used as fertiliser in Yorkshire?


When I read this, it sounds like if it's OK if they are "foreign" soldiers, but it's an outrage if they are British soldiers...
The guy doesn't seem to understand all were treated the same way...



I think the author was commenting on the irony that those who died fighting the King's enemies should suffer the indignity of having their bones transported home only to be ground up and used as fertiliser on English fields. He does go to comment on the fate of soldiers of other nationalities.
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Re: Burying the dead

Postby Josh&Historyland » August 3rd, 2016, 11:51 pm

I think JF is right. We should also allow a little slack in that the media of different nations will naturally focus on the effect of such things on their own nations. And the irony thereof.

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