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In Le Huitième Croisade, Dumas mentions the painting Napoleon at the Pesthouse of Jaffa by Baron Antoine-Jean Gros, 1804
"We have in the Museum of the Louvre a magnificent picture by Gros representing Bonaparte touching his plague-stricken soldiers in this hospital at Jaffa. Though it represents a fact that never existed, the picture is none the less fine."
     Dumas goes on to say that not only did Napoleon not visit or touch any plague-stricken soldiers, he ordered them killed, since he was being forced to retreat and he didn't want them left to be tortured by the advancing Turks.

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