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A magnificent sword that has been handed down for generations in a St. Martinville family has a mystery around it.
The sword belonged to their great-great-grandfather, Jean Julien Rousseau, who was a doctor and soldier in Napoleon Bonaparte's battle for Austria in Wagram.
Family lore has that Napoleon had ordered the Army to cross Danube River, and he soldier carrying one of the Division’s battle flags was killed. Colonel Rousseau picked up the flag and led the troops over the bridge. Napoleon personally rewarded him with this sword for his bravery.
The History Detectives investigate whether this sword really could have belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte.
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