>... commander of the Tonnant at the Battle of the Nile, where he died on August 2, 1798. During the battle, he forced HMS Majestic to break off combat, with 50 killed, including Captain Westcott, and 143 wounded. After having lost both legs and an arm, he continued to command from a bucket filled with wheat, until he died.
>His last order was allegedly to nail the flag of the Tonnant to her mizzen-mast and never to surrender the ship. The Tonnant was eventually captured by the British.
>* the fascinating recollections of Mme De La Tour du Pin "one of the great monuments of French history" (New Yorker).
Du Petit-Thouars always reminds me of the Black Knight in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail": www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKhEw7nD9C4
I am sure that this is maligning a very brave man, but nonetheless I can't help making the connection.