With ebony hair, a sensual gaze, angular jaw & muscular physique, General Louis Desaix was easy on the eyes! General Desaix came from an impoverished noble family, attended France's most prestigious military academy, and became a distinguished officer. General Desaix would die at the Battle of Marengo after being struck in the heart by a musket ball. Napoleon admired Desaix & mourned his passing.
Napoleon and Desaix at Marengo-Keith Rocco. Napoleon, on horseback, indicates to General Desaix, on foot with arms folded, the direction that the French counterattack should take on the afternoon of June 14, 1800. The timely arrival of Desaix's division onto the battlefield of Marengo snatched a stunning victory from certain defeat and solidified Napoleon's position as First Consul of France.