He would later claim, with stunning success, that as a self-created outsider, he stood above politics.
Catching the attention of the Committee of Public Safetyhe was put in charge of the artillery of France's Army of Italy. Napoleon, although not the eldest son, assumed the position of head of the family before he was But then he grew more savvy and more cynical and more pragmatic. With the help of his fellow Corsican Antoine Christophe SalicetiBonaparte was appointed artillery commander of the republican forces at the Siege of Toulon.
He also negotiated several agreements with different Italian leaders to promote social order. However, after Robespierre fell from power and was guillotined along with Augustin in JulyNapoleon was briefly put under house arrest for his ties to the brothers.
This led to the French Revolutionary Wars, a series of military conflicts lasting from until Napoleon was later assigned to the Valence garrison in the southeast of France where he spent most of the next seven years on furlough in Corsica.
Napoleon at the Siege of Toulon Revolt on 13 Vendemiaire Although the social reforms resulting from the French Revolution were received favorably by most people in France, many considered the Revolutionary Government as anti-Catholic. France thus won the War of the First Coalition and Bonaparte became increasingly influential in French politics.
Napoleon Bonaparte was a native of the French-owned island of Corsica. His main goal as ruler was the acquisition of European and New World territory, swiftly conquering Austria, Portugal, Spain, and Prussia.
His influence in the political sphere and his experience as a military general made him a frontrunner of the collective resistance against the French monarchy.
General Melas had a numerical advantage, fielding about 30, Austrian soldiers while Napoleon commanded 24, French troops.