These are the guys I’d really like to know more about but don’t know how.
What information there is about the dead insurgents:
Names: Auffroy, Barrié, Biget, Duchamps, Florantin, Fournier, Gilbertheau, Gilibert, Giroud, Gras, Paule, Rozel.
Ages: Three were under 20, seven in their twenties, two were barely over thirty and one was 63.
Marital statuses: Ten unmarried, one married, others unknown.
Professions: A tailor, a leather currier, a bootmaker, a cabinetmaker, a joiner, a house painter, a carriage painter, a baker, a wigmaker’s apprentice, a day labourer and a pharmacy student.
Obviously there are a lot more who we don’t know anything about.
The reason I think there’s more information on these people somewhere (and connections between the names and the other facts) is that in another part of the book Bouchet mentions that the 63-year-old who Jeanne mentions too and who exhibited his arse on the barricade was a mason called Fournier and was born in Creuse. (Presumably not related to Rossignol’s friend Fournier?)
“Among us, there was a man 60 to 65 years old who had joined us on the evening of the 5th; his clothing suggested affluence, his extremely pronounced features indicated a strong and tempered soul; his conduct was very brave… it became frenzied when he saw such a large number of us fall. His great height (he was at least 5 feet 6 or 7 inches tall [in French units; about 182cm or 6 modern American feet]) put him at greater risk than any of the rest of us because he scorned the idea of taking cover behind the barricade; and yet he hadn’t received any wounds…. One of our brothers-in-arms received a mortal blow at his side… “Those scoundrels!” he shouted furiously; “doing us so much harm & not even knowing how to shoot…!” Upon which he put down his gun, jumped up onto the barricade, exposed his backside, and presented it to the national guards, saying, “Here, you pack of f——, you have no idea how to shoot on target, & you’re too cowardly to ever see one that’s the equal of this!” It was with great difficulty that we managed to get him to come down, by pointing out that his gun was lying idle; but he didn’t come back down until he’d re-fastened his trousers. “Don’t have any fear on my account,” he told us, smiling sardonically, “it’s because they’re aiming at me that they aren’t going to hit me!” Finally, he picked his gun back up, & we applauded, because he was one of our best shooters. I’ve been told that he was one of the 19 poor souls who, after surrendering in the house at number 30, our headquarters, were massacred in the most atrocious ways by cannibals wearing the uniform of the National Guard and the number of the 6th legion.”
The “side of the forces of order” only has lists of names and apparently that’s all the information there is for the most part:
The 42th line regiment: Bonnet, Demange, Hostin, Mestre, Mousseau
Municipal guard: Béringer, Coquelet, Herera, Lavrillière, Papillard, Reybel, Schmitt
National guard: (Bouchet says “for example” so I assume this isn’t the entire list) Allain, Lefort, Procht
And in the national guard, the one person who was given some detail: François Michel Bellier, 49, adjutant-major in the 4th legion, killed in the evening of the fifth and burried at Montmartre in the presence of the mayor of the arrondissement with Lefort. Jeanne himself watched this funeral procession in disguise and later writes about Bellier:
“Poor Bellier! I didn’t know you back then… Master Sébire, your brother-in-law, generous defender of several of my young comrades-in-arms, hadn’t told me about your virtues & your ardent patriotism… He hadn’t yet told me that the monsters following your coffin had coerced you into marching against us by feigning doubt about your courage, you, old soldier of our old army… Ah! I wept tears of regret at the tale your brother told me of your fine actions in civilian & military life; afterwards I would have liked to bring you back to life, & yet I can’t reproach myself for your death… You were in the enemy ranks, you were at their head, & I had no way of knowing you… Oh! Why aren’t I rich? I would be so happy to be able to substitute for you with the children I snatched you away from..! Vile Égalité! How much generous blood will come back to fall upon your guilty head….!!”
(Égalité = Louis-Philippe)
Of course you can find a lot of descriptions of the dead on both sides by Jeanne in his letter. He just sadly never mentions their names, save for Bellier.
(All this information is from À cinq heures nous serons tous morts ! The translations of the letter are from
chanvrerie.net… I think some of these facts might be there too, I have the vague impression. Or maybe at Abaissé. I remember reading about the ages of the dead somewhere before this.)
Something meant to look up and add to this post before posting it but totally forgot:
The monument to “the victims of June” at Père Lachaise! It also lists name, although these are from all over Paris, not just Saint-Merry. But still relevant enough, I think. Turns out they’ve been listed on French Wikipedia’s June uprising page: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insurrection_r%C3%A9publicaine_%C3%A0_Paris_en_juin_1832#Monument_Aux_victimes_de_juin
(I was surprised to find those. I could have sworn I’d read the whole article before… I suspect those are a recent addition but I don’t feel like checking because honestly I don’t care.)
Anyway, these people deserve to get mentioned too.
Pretty sure they don’t list any of the insurgents, though.