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Napoleon Bonaparte was born on August 15 1767 in Ajaccio Corsica He was the son of Carlo and Letizia Bonaparte He had 7brothers and sisters They were a noble family As a child Napoleon was quick tempered had a mind of his own and had a large head From his earliest childhood he wanted to become a soldier At the age of 10 his father sent him to military school in FranceNapoleon then attended Ecole Military School in Paris While in school he got the nickname Little Corporal which stuck with him through life He finished his training as artillery man and officer he joined the French army when he was 16 years old Soon after that his father died and he was left with the responsibility of taking care of his family The French monarchy was overthrown on August 10 1792 Napoleon decided to make his move up in ranks After this Napoleon started becoming a recognized officer In 1793 he was made a captain in the army and in the same year he commanded the artillery that forced British to withdraw from the Mediterranean port of Toulon He later was made a brigadier general Two years later in Paris Napoleon was ordered to put down an uprising against the government He took a force of men and ordered them to fire a whiff of grapeshot into the crowd They killed hundred persons and the uprising was ended On March 9 1796 Napoleon married Josephine de Beauharnais a widow of a French Nobleman with whom she had two children Two days after his marriage Napoleon at the age of 26 left for Italy to lead a French army and won a series of victories over Austrian and Italian armies By now France controlled most of Italy He proved himself to be a brilliant soldier who could inspire his troops with his own enthusiasm and make them willing to die for him
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