Napoleon surely did inspire loyalty in his troops.
Occasionally I wonder why.
It's not as if he could broadcast his message over TV or the radio. At least you can get a sense of a person when you hear him speak. They didn't even have loud speakers. He would have had to have personal contact with thousands of men.
But then again, people do talk. Stories are told, retold and then legends are born.
Hortense writes about something in her memoirs that surely would have contributed to Napoleon's legendary leadership. (This occurred in Boulogne when France appeared to be gearing up to fight the English.)
For the first time in my life I saw, at one of the reviews, an urn carried on a bandoleer by a soldier in one of the grenadier regiments. I was told that the Emperor, in order to honor the memory of a particularly brave soldier named La Tour d'Auvergne, had entrusted the latter's heart in a lead casket to the keeping of the oldest member of his former regiment. Whenever the roll-call took place the hero's name was called as if he were present, and the bearer of the casket replied: "Killed on the field of honor."FYI. I went online to see what a bandoleer was. It is a belt worn off the shoulder and it usually held ammunition. Easier to reach and off the hips.