Bertrand, return from Saint Helena

The statue of General Bertrand, place Sainte-Hélène

When a statue is erected, it is generally to celebrate an event considered as positive, a victory, for example, or a man who has achieved something remarkable, Pasteur, for example...

The statue of General Bertrand, which is located on the Place Sainte-Hélène, in Châteauroux, is unusual in that it expresses an end, the twilight of an empire, and if it represents a man, it is at the same time the memory of another, who is not seen, Napoleon.

General Bertrand, a child of Châteauroux, faithful among the faithful, accompanied Napoleon's epic from beginning to end, all the way to Saint Helena. And, at Napoleon's last moments, he was always there. It was he who brought back the emperor's ashes on the ship "La Belle Poule".
This is what this statue of Bertrand, back from St. Helena, says.
Erected on the Place Sainte-Hélène, it represents General Bertrand, in the costume of Grand Marshal, who, in one hand, holds an unrolled sheet: Napoleon's will. In the other, he is holding the sword of Austerlitz, on a drapery decorated with bees and the crowned "N".

On the square, whose shape would have been inspired by that of the "Belle Poule" bridge, you will notice the benches with Bertrand's initial, and you will go, a few steps away, to the Bertrand museum...

 

Statue of General Bertrand
Place Sainte-Hélène
36000 - Châteauroux

 

Tourist office
2 Pl. de la République
36000 Châteauroux
Phone : 02 54 34 10 74
www.chateauroux-tourisme.com


accueil@chateauroux-tourisme.com

 

Bertrand Museum-Hotel
2 rue Descente des Cordeliers
36000 Châteauroux
Tel: 02 54 61 12 30
museebertrand@chateauroux-metropole.fr

 

  

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Cahiers de Sainte-Hélène

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Le meilleur témoignage sur la fin de Napoléon
Présent à Sainte-Hélène du début à la fin de la captivité, Henry-Gatien Bertrand a laissé un témoignage majeur notant au jour le jour les propos de son maître, les tensions avec Hudson Lowe et la vie tumultueuse de la petite communauté française.
Le général Bertrand: Grand-maréchal du palais et compagnon de Napoléon pour l'éternité

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Homme de confiance, de conscience, homme de toutes le missions, Depuis la première campagne d'Italie jusqu'à cette île du bout du monde où il ferma les yeux du grand capitaine à Sainte-Hélène, Henri Gatien Bertrand a vécu près de 25 ans dans l'ombre de son maître avec un exceptionnel dévouement, avec discrétion, modestie. Tant au sein de la cour impériale, qu'aux armées, ou en exil, Bertrand a servi sans sourciller bien que tiraillé entre les devoirs de sa charge et l'amour fusionnel qui le reliait à son épouse Fanny, un couple exemplaire qu'aucun évènement n'a pu ébranler.

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