HIGHLIGHTS OF NAPOLEON’S RETURN TO POWER
Day 1 20 MARCH 1815 The eagle has landed
As Napoleon returns to Paris, Louis XVIII flees to Lille. While Napoleon is greeted at the Tuileries Palace by a large crowd of officers, the streets are semi-deserted.
Day 6 25 MARCH 1815 europe goes to war
The Congress of Vienna unanimously brands Napoleon an outlaw, with Russia, Prussia, Austria and Britain committing to defeat him for good.
Day 10 29 MARCH 1815 The abolition of slavery
In an effort to appear revolutionary, Napoleon appoints the Jacobin radical Lazare Carnot as his minister of the interior and decrees the abolition of slavery.
Day 12 31 MARCH 1815 louis in exile
Finding the garrison in
Lille hostile to the royal cause, Louis XVIII leaves France with a loyal band of followers and creates a court in exile in Ghent, Belgium.
Day 63 20 MAY 1815 Murat’s failed power grab
Joachim Murat, king of Naples and Napoleon’s brother-in-law, declares war on Austria but is defeated, prompting him to flee to Corsica.
Day 90 15 JUNE 1815 The emperor strikes back
Napoleon goes on the offensive with roughly 200,000 men. He plans to drive a wedge between the British and Prussians to defeat them separately.
Day 91 16 JUNE 1815 Blücher takes a beating
Napoleon defeats, but does not destroy, Prussian field marshal Blücher at Ligny, allowing him to escape to Wavre where he agrees to support Wellington at Waterloo.
Day 93 18 JUNE 1815 Battle of Waterloo
Despite bad weather and facing both Britain and Prussia, Napoleon makes great gains during his last ever battle before ultimately being overwhelmed. Tens of thousands die in the melee.
Day 97 22 June 1815 Napoleon abdicates again
After Waterloo, the French political elite call for Napoleon to stand down. The emperor accepts defeat and abdicates in favour of his four-year-old son.
Day 105 29 June 1815
Napoleon leaves the capital with a small military escort in an effort to escape Blücher’s fastapproaching cavalry, which has been told to capture him dead or alive.
Day 114 8 July 1815 louis XVIII restored
Louis returns to Paris and presides over a constitutional monarchy. Wellington remains in France with the allied occupation army until 1818.