Lead: The widow Beauharnais charmed the young Corsican general and became an Empress.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: General Vicomte Alexander Beauharnais went to the guillotine during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror. His sword was confiscated during a round-up of weapons in the fall of 1795 and his teen-aged son, Eugene, determined to get back the sword, went to see the commanding general of the army in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte. Impressed with the young man's devotion to his father's memory, Bonaparte immediately returned the sword.