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Final day of the Commune 28 May 1871

Vintage postcard series ~ The caption on the postcard reads “The last positions of the insurgents [communards] - despite their valor their positions became untenable under the fire from Mont-Valerien” a fort in Suresnes, a western suburb of Paris and seen on the far left of the image below.

Note the monument on the far right, the grave of Félix Beaujour in present-day D48.

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Below: Avenue Circulaire separating D97 on the right from D76 and the Communard's’ Wall on the left. This would have been roughly the final position of the communards when they surrendered on 28 May 1871.

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Felix Beaujour division 48 Père-Lachaise 1872

During the final days of the Paris Commune, before the terrible denouement of Bloody Week ending with the massacre of 147 communards at the eastern edge of Père-Lachaise, the cemetery was used by rebel troops as bivouacs.

Here we see a print from 1872 depicting a number of soldiers (probably communards) using tombs as tables for dinner while lounging around drinking waiting for something to happen. The soldier in the background is standing at the entrance to Felix Beaujour's large obelisk in division 48.