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Name That Town! - March 3, 2017

General Reille delivers to King Wilhelm I on the battlefield of Sedan the letter from Emperor Napoleon III. Wall painting in the Ruhmeshalle Berlin (destroyed). (Photo via Wikimedia)

Q: Believe it or not, there's a Kansas community that takes its name from a battle in the Franco-Prussian War. The 1870 battle was a decisive German victory. It resulted in the capture of Napoleon III and marked the end of the Second French Empire. What's the southeast Kansas town that takes its name from the name of this battle?

A: Sedan (taken from Battle of Sedan)
Founded in 1871, the southeast Kansas town of Sedan takes its name from Sedan, France, or more specifically, from the Battle of Sedan. The battle was fought during the Franco–Prussian War on September 1, 1870. It resulted in the capture of Emperor Napoleon III and large numbers of his troops. With this defeat, the Second French Empire came to an end. Though fighting continued under a new French government, the Franco-Prussian War was essentially decided here, in favor of Prussia and its allies. Sedan, Kansas, is the county seat of Chautauqua County and home to about 1,200 residents.
Fun Factoid: Sedan is the birthplace of entertainer Emmett Kelly, the circus clown known as "Weary Willie."

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