The exact number of men who took part in the expedition is unknown.
Even while he was still studying, several companies invited him to take part in various expeditions.
Typically, students aged 16-25 apply to take part in an expedition.
He was rather happy that he would not have to take part in the expedition.
Eight hundred men were to be left to guard the boats and stores; the rest of the army was to take part in the expedition.
The remnants of the regiment did however take part in the expedition.
The next year they took part in the expedition to Cuba where half of the corps died from tropical disease.
Instead he took part in a scientific expedition to Brazil, but nothing is known about the purpose, length, or course of that trip.
He took part in later various expeditions against the kingdom of Burgundy.
He took part in the 1890 punitive expedition to Wituland.