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Capois la Mort François
(17661806)

Capois la Mort François(17661806)

At 4 a.m. on Nov. 18, 1803, part of the forces began an attack on Breda, one of the outlying forts. Rochambeau surprised, left Cap and took a position with his honor guard on the entrenchments at the fort of Vertieres, between Breda and Cap. To take the objective specifically assigned to him, François Capois and his troops had to cross a bridge that was dominated by the fort at Vertieres.

Capois, on horseback, and his men met a hail of fire as they advanced. Despite a bullet passing through his cap, Capois urged his men forward. Even a bullet which leveled his horse and another which again passed through his cap did not stop Capois from flourishing his saber and leading his men onward with his continuing cry of "Forward!" Observing this, Rochambeaus guards applauded.

Rochambeau caused the firing to be stopped and sent a hussar forward with compliments for Capois! Then the battle recommenced.

Despite repeated and furious charges by Capois, who dealt death to many of the enemy, the battle was indecisive and Capois survived, earning the sobriquet "Capois-la-Mort" (Capois the Death).


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Haiti, 1946, Capois la Mort

Haiti, 1946, Capois la Mort

Haiti, 1946, Capois la Mort

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Haiti, 1946, Capois la Mort

Haiti, 1946, Capois la Mort

Haiti, 1946, Capois la Mort

Haiti, 1946, Capois la Mort

Haiti, 1946, Capois la Mort

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