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French commander Marshal Bazaine leads French troops out of Mexico City for evacuation from Vera Cruz.

Departure of French Marshal Francois Bazaine from Mexico City, February 5, 1867, artist's impression.

Following the orders of French Emperor Napoleon III, Marshal Francois Bazaine had gathered French troops supporting the rule of Emperor Maximillian in Mexico around Mexico City in preparation for their evacuation.  After a delay, reportedly to help the stricken imperial regime, the much admired French commander finally departed the capital for the port of Vera Cruz and carried out an orderly withdrawal.  By March 12, 1867, all French forces had left and Maximilian's government soon fell to the troops of Benito Juarez.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Bazaine, Francois Achille, 1811-1888," in David F. Marley, Mexico at War: From the Struggle for Independence to the 21st-Century Drug Wars (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014)  39-43.