This Day in History: 1793-12-17

Siege of Toulon. Fort Mulgrave, key to the Allied positions besieging the port, finally falls after a night of vicious hand-to-hand fighting, which leads to final defeat and evacuation of the invaders. After two assaults by thousands of French Revolutionary troops are bloodily repulsed, finally the third wave breaks through.  It is led by the rising star of the French army, 24-year-old Napoleon Buonaparte, but he is seriously wounded by a deep gash in his thigh, caused by the half-pike of an English sergeant. It is the only wound he ever receives, and it nearly costs him his left leg. There is good reason to believe that it is caused by a sergeant of the 30th Foot (later 1st East Lancashires).