BUONAPARTE’S ORDER AGAINST SUICIDE
The following order of the day, issued by Napoleon when first consul, will serve to indicate the principles which he thought becoming in such arduous circumstances as those in which a man’s fortitude is put to the test.
"Extract from the Orderly Book of the Horse Grenadiers of the Consular Guard."
"Order of the 22d Floreal, Year 10"
"The grenadier Grobbin has destroyed himself in consequence of a love affair. He was otherwise a respectable man. This is the second event of the kind which has happened in the corps within a month. The first consul has directed that it shall be inserted in the order of the day of the guard, that a solider ought to know how to subdue sorrow, and the agitation of the passions; that there is as much courage in enduring with firmness the pains of the heart, as in remaining steady under the grape-shot of a battery. To abandon oneself to grief without resistance; to kill oneself in order to escape from it, is to fly from the field of battle before one is conquered.
(Signed) “BUONAPARTE First Consul”
(A true copy) "BESSIERES"
Napoleon Anecdotes, W. H. Ireland, pages 115-116
BATTLE OF ESSLING
During this famous action, which deprived Napoleon of his invaluable friend the Duc de Montebello, Buonaparte everywhere exposed himself to danger like a subaltern officer, animating the troops, and offering consolation to the wounded. General Walter, perceiving that the enemies’ bullets swept away many officers and privates in the environs of the spot where the emperor stood, and terrified at the imminent danger to which he exposed himself, addressed him thus: “Sire, if your Majesty does not think it fit to move off this instant, I will cause you to be forcibly borne away by my own grenadiers.”
Napoleon Anecdotes, W. H. Ireland, page 114