Certificate of Honour of Infantry, awarded by Bonaparte First Consul
To the citizen Maréchal, fusilier 96° demi-Brigade de Ligne.Certificate on vellum, with engraved heading: «Au Nom du Peuple Français, Brevet d’Honneur « In the name of the French people, Honour Diploma for Maréchal, fusilier, 96th ½ line brigade. Bonaparte, First Consul of the Republic, after what he was told about the distinguished conduct and the outstanding bravery of citizen Maréchal, fusilier 96th ½ line brigade in the battle of Marengo where this brave soldier, although wounded, went on fighting dauntlessly, until other wounds forced him out of the battlefield, awarded him an honour rifle as a national reward. He will enjoy the prerogatives of the reward as described in the act of the 4 Nivôse Year 8. Awarded in Paris on 27 Vendémiaire year 9th of the French Republic ». Embossed stamp signed by Minister of War, by Secretary of State Hugues de Maret, and by First Consul Bonaparte. Size: 35 cm x 43.5 cm. Perfect condition. Handwritten lines are still very fresh.