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Bust of Luc-Julien-Joseph Casabianca
|Born||February 7, 1762
Vescovato, Haute-Corse, Corsican Republic
|Died||August 1, 1798 (36 years of age)
killed in action
|Allegiance||Kingdom of France|
|Service/branch||Royal French Navy
(French: Marine royale française)
French Navy of the Republic
(French: Marine de la République)
|Rank||Capitaine de vaisseau|
|Commands held||L' Orient|
|Other work||Depute of Corsica at the Convention|
Luc-Julien-Joseph Casabianca (French: Luc-Julien-Joseph Casabianca), born February 7, 1762 in Vescovato, Haute-Corse, Corsican Republic (French: République corse) and died August 1, 1798, was an officer of the French Navy of France in the 18th century.
Casabianca distinguished himself in the Royal French Navy (French: Marine royale), was depute of Corsica at the Convention (French: Convention), then became member of the Council of Five Hundred (French: conseil des Cinq-Cents). He was the Commandant of L' Orient, the Admiral Vessel (French: Vaisseau-Amrial) which carried Napoleon during his Expedition in Egypt (French: Campagne d'Égypte).
During the Naval battle of Aboukir (French: Bataille d'Aboukir (1798)) of August 1, 1798, where Admiral Horatio Nelson destroyed the French fleet in the Aboukir Bay, Casabianca fought with heroism until his death. During the course of battle, he ordered Giocante, his 12-year-old son who accompanied him, to remain in a section of the ship until he called for him. Although the naval vessel was on fire, the boy, who did not know that his father was no longer alive, refused to leave his post without receiving his orders. The fire reached the gunpowder section; the child perished in the explosion as well as a large part of the crew.
Felicia Hemans made the death of Giocante Casabianca the subject of a Casabianca poem (French: Casabianca) ("The boy stood on the burning deck ...") which became a classic of American literature and was studied in elementary school classes.
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