The Bravest of the Brave, Michel Ney: Marshal of France, Duke of Elchingen, Prince of the Moskowa 1769-1815

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Brentano's, 1912 - France - 379 pages
 

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Page 288 - The allied powers having proclaimed that the Emperor Napoleon is the only obstacle to the re-establishment of peace in Europe, the Emperor Napoleon, faithful to his oath, declares that he renounces for himself and his heirs, the thrones of France and Italy, and that there is no personal sacrifice, even that of life, •which he is not ready to make for the interests of France.
Page 329 - Private persons and property shall be equally respected. The inhabitants, and in general all individuals who shall be in the capital, shall continue to enjoy their rights and liberties, without being disturbed or called to account either as to the situations which they hold or may have held, or as to their conduct or political opinions.
Page 288 - Europe, he, faithful to his oath, declares that he is ready to descend from the throne, to quit France, and even to relinquish life, for the good of...
Page 336 - Is it for me to pronounce upon the fate of Marshal Ney? But Sire, allow me to ask Your Majesty, where were his accusers while Ney was fighting on so many fields of battle? Did they follow him, did they accuse him during twenty years of toil and danger? If Russia and the Allies cannot pardon the conqueror of the Moskowa, can France forget the hero of the Beresina? At the crossing of the Beresina, Sire, in the midst of that awful catastrophe, it was Ney who saved the remnant of the Army. I had in it...
Page 294 - Victory will march at the pas de charge ; the eagle, with the national colours, will fly from steeple to steeple, till it lights on the towers of Notre Dame.
Page 237 - I am here at last," he exclaimed. " Don't you know me ?" " No," said the general. " Who are you ?" " I am the rear-guard of the Grand Army. I have fired the last musketshot on the bridge of Kowno. I have thrown the last of our arms into the Niemen, and came hither through the woods. I am Marshal Ney.
Page 11 - ... him. He put himself at the head of a few dragoons, rushed upon the Austrians, and routed them. Kleber, who was an eyewitness of this daring charge, spoke of it thus, in his despatch to the commissioner : " Captain Ney, acting adjutant-general, performed prodigies of valor. At the head of thirty dragoons, and a few chasseurs acting as orderlies, he charged two hundred of the Blanckestein hussars, and threw them into the greatest disorder.
Page 317 - ... you would attack it from the front, and this army would be destroyed in an instant. . . . "His Majesty's wishes are, that you should take up your position at Quatre-Bras; but if this is impossible . . . send information immediately with full details, and the Emperor will act there as I have told you. If, on the contrary, there is only a rearguard, attack it and seize the position.
Page 336 - Moncey refuses to sit in judgment on Ney. the Coalition cannot pardon the Prince of Moskowa, can France ever forget the hero of the Beresina? And should I condemn to death him to whom so many Frenchmen owe their lives, so many families their sons, their husbands, their fathers ? ^No, Sire, if I am not permitted to save my country, or my life, I shall at least preserve my honour ! Who amongst us will not be compelled to regret that we could not find death at Waterloo ? Your Majesty will excuse the...
Page 222 - Ney's presence," says Fezensac, " was sufficient to infuse confidence. Without presuming to divine what he would or could do, we knew that he would do something. His own confidence in himself was equal to his courage. The greater the danger, the prompter was his determination. When he had once taken his line, he was the last to entertain a doubt of its success. At such a moment his countenance indicated neither indecision nor anxiety. The eyes of all were now turned toward him, but no one had yet...

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