Memoirs Illustrating the History of Napoleon I from 1802 to 1815 - Vol. 3

Memoirs Illustrating the History of Napoleon I from 1802 to 1815 - Vol. 3

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Memoirs Illustrating the History of Napoleon I from 1802 to 1815 - Vol. 3

Memoirs Illustrating the History of Napoleon I from 1802 to 1815 - Vol. 3

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The Emperor, His Wife, and His Son--The Imperial Omelette--Early Morning Walks--Portrait of the Emperor--Supreme Object of His Ambition-- Injustice of Those Who have Accused Him--Impetus Given by Him to the Century in Which He Lived--Proposed Meeting of German Sovereigns at Dresden -- Desire of the Empress to See Her Family Again There--The Pope at Fontainebleau--M. de Montholon at Würtzburg--His Marriage--His Recall -- Journey to Dresden Put Off; the Reason Why--The Regulations for the Service During the Absence of the Emperor--Departure of Their Majesties for Dresden--Description of the Stay of Napoleon in that Capital-- Return of M. de Narbonne from Vilna--Hostile Attitude of the Emperor Alexander--General Neipperg Appointed in the Suite of the Emperor of Austria--Departure of the Emperor for the Army--Triumphal Journey of the Empress Marie Louise to Prague--Her Letter to the Emperor's Mother-- The Emperor Reviews His Army--Proclamation--The Niemen Crossed-- The Vilïa Crossed--What Has Been Written on the Campaign in Russia-- Mission of the Russian General Balakoff to Vilna--Polish Deputation Presented to the Emperor--Definite Promise Asked of Him--His Answer Misinterpreted--Instructions Given to Abbé de Pradt--The Ambassador Acting Contrary to His Instructions--Disastrous Results which Follow-- Insults and Calumnies of this Prelate--The Vilna Provisional Government-- Guards of Honour--Duc de Bassano, Governor of Lithuania--Crown Prince of Wurtemberg Reproached with the Excesses Committed by His Troops-- The Emperor Napoleon's Magnanimity--Habits and Occupations of Napoleon when at Headquarters and when Travelling--His Familiarity with the Soldiers -- His Benevolence to Officers--Injustice of the Reproaches of Prevarication in the Despatch of Orders Addressed to the Major-General--The March on Vitepsk and on Smolensk--Bechen-Kowitzki Castle--Idea of Staying at Vitepsk Given up--Napoleon's Clever Manœuvre--Same Resolution at Smolensk as at Vitepsk-- Young Marbeuf Killed in the Fight at Krasnoï--Letter of the Emperor to this Officer--Details--Fight at Valoutina--General Junot's Inaction--Death of General Gudin--Arrival on the Battle-field of Moskova--Portrait of the King of Rome Received on the Eve of the Battle--Battle of Moskova-- The Emperor Absolved from the Reproach of Not Having Engaged His Guards--The Emperor's Voice is Affected--Entry into Deserted Moscow-- The Kremlin--Beginning of the Fire--Incendiaries Left at Moscow by the . . .

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