Aide-de-Camp of the General Staff of Murat - Naples Kingdom 1813-15
The Aide-de-Camp of the General Staff were fundamental figureheads in the Command of the Forces. The Aide-de-Campwere young and brilliant officers often from the noblest houses of the Reign flaunting their sovereignty with their gaudy uniforms. On campaign and battlefields they were essential links in the chain of command between the upper ranks and the soldiers in the field. The Aide-de-Camp were elegant and always dressed in the latest fashions. They were the connection between the Commandant of the General Staff Millet and the generals of the Guard Pignatelli-StÚngoli and Livron, couriers to the generals of the Line of Infantry of Lecchi and Carascosa. They also brought the orders of Murat to the Commanding Officers of the Genius Pietro Colletta, the grand historian of the Reign of Naples. On 26th February 1815 Napoleon fled from the Isle of Elba and this news reached naples on 4th March and Gioacchino Murat decided to mobilise his troops into Italy. The Neapolitan forces with 35.000 soldiers and 5.000 cavalry mobilised against Rome and the Marche fighting the Austrian troops, The General Carascosa assaulted Cesena and brought the war to Romagna and Bologna. The war in Central Italy continued for the month of April and ended on 3td May in the Marche at the Battle of Tolentino which decided Murat's fate.
Sculptor: Maurizio Bruno.
Historical research and text: Marco Giuliani.