Simone Deléry was a native of France who came to Louisiana and stayed to
teach at Tulane University for thirty years. Along with Napoleon's
Soldiers in America—originally published in French under the title A la Poursuite des Aigles and a book-of-the-month selection by Le
Cercle du Livre de France—she wrote two other books: France d'Amerique,
in collaboration with Gladys Ann Renshaw, and La France en Louisiane.
Deléry was a tireless historian and was decorated with the Cross of the
Legion of Honor by the French government for her work. She was also awarded the Prix de Langue Franaise by the French Academy and was named Officier de L'Instruction
Publique for her contributions to education.
Napoleon's Soldiers in America recounts the saga of Napoleon's devoted officers, who became exiles for their loyalty to a lost cause. Refusing to swear allegiance to the Bourbons, these soldiers left France in search of a new life in the Americas. Louisiana, with its strong French ties, was a natural destination for many of the displaced. Delry drew extensively from documents, letters, relics, and other treasured family heirlooms in the possession of their descendants. Fortunately, there was a great
deal of information to be found, as countless Americans today can trace their ancestry to those rugged individuals who made their way to America.
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