Louis Charles Delescluze

Delescluze, Louis Charles

französischer Journalist und Politiker (1809-1871). Autograph document signed. Paris. 1 S. 4to.
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Writing two days before his death, and five before the collapse of the Paris Commune, Delescluze - the Commune's delegate for war and its last military leader - appeals to the municipalities of all arrondissements, ordering them each to improve their defenses and, if necessary, take strict disciplinary action: "Les municipalités des vingt arrondissements sont instamment priées d'employer toute leur influence auprès de leurs administrés pour donner à la défense l'impulsion et la cohésion qui lui a fait défaut hier.

Que leurs membres s'adressent aux chefs de légion et de bataillon, qu'au besoin ils emploient les mesures les plus vigoureuses pour contraindre la population à sortir de son apathie ou à ne pas se cantonner dans la défense exclusive de son quartier. La commune compte sur les délégués aux Madriés. 3 Prairial an 79 - Le délégué civil à la guerre". Heavily outnumbered and lacking trained officers, the Commune forces were not capable of forming an organised plan for the defense of the city; Delescluze's command makes it painfully clear that from now on, every neighborhood is on its own. In the evening of May 25th, Delescluze put on his ceremonial sash as the chief executive of the revolutionary government and walked to the nearest defended barricade, on Place Chateau-d'Eau. Unarmed, he climbed to the top of the barricade, in clear view of the army soldiers, and was promptly shot dead. - On stationery with printed letterhead, "Ministère de la Guerre. Cabinet du Ministre"..

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