In my research of the Lieber Code, I stumbled across this fabulous anecdote: Napoleon Bonaparte as that possum you just can’t flush out of your barn eaves.
Lieber, named Franz when he was born in Prussia at the turn of the century, knew war from an early age. The specter of Napoleon hung over his whole childhood: “Boys, clean your rifles,” Lieber recalled his father saying when Napoleon escaped from Elba. “He is loose again.”
via The American Scholar: Moral Principle vs. Military Necessity – David Bosco.