Death of a Female dragoon.
--A widow, whose name figures honorably in the military annais of France
, died last week in the Hospice des Petits-Menages, in Paris
, at the age of 87.
Her maiden name was Therese Figueur, and the served as a dragoon in the 15th and 9th Regiments from 1798 to 1812.
She was known throughout the army by the name of Sanstiene, and was so much esteemed by her officers that when the Committee of Public Safety determined on excluding all women from the army, an exception was made in her favor.--The history of her campaigns was published from her own dictation in 1842. She began her military career at Toulen, when that port was besieged by the English
in 1793. She was there put under arrest by Commandant Bonaparte
for a delay of 25 minutes in executing an order.
Some years after, when her old commander had become First Consul, he sent for the dragoon Sans-Gene to St. Cloud
, and afterward gave her a good service pension of 200 trance.
Sans-Gene remained in active service until 1812, when she fell into the hands of the priest Merino
's guerrillas in Spain
, and was taken as a prisoner of war to England
, where she remained till 1814. In the course of her twenty campaigns, she had four horses killed under her, and was often wounded, the first tune being at Toulon
, when a ball struck her on the left breast.
She entered the hospice in 1840, and lived upon her pension of 200f. till the present Emperor
made a handsome addition to her means from his private purse.