James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
By John Godfrey Saxe (18161887)
Maximilian was an Austrian prince whom Napoleon III. undertook to place upon the throne of Mexico. The United States refusing to recognize the empire the French troops were withdrawn, contrary to the express agreement made by Napoleon. Maximilian resolved at first to resign but was induced to remain and took personal command of his army. He was besieged by a republican army, captured, tried by court martial and shot on June 19, 1867.