The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French: With a Preliminary View of the French Revolution, Volume 2

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Carey, Lea & Carey, 1827 - France

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Page 202 - ... deeper disaster. He obtained successes, indeed, over the insurgents as he advanced towards the city ; but when he ventured an attack on the place itself, in hopes of carrying it by a sudden effort, he was opposed by all the energy of a general popular defence. The citizens rushed to man the walls, — the monks, with a sword in one hand, and a crucifix in the other...
Page 399 - ... on such an extent of base, as should enable him to consolidate his conquests, and turn to real advantage the victories which he attained. His army was but precariously connected with Lithuania when he was at Moscow, and all communication was soon afterwards entirely destroyed.
Page 327 - Wilia being swollen with rain, and the bridges destroyed, the Emperor, impatient of the obstacle, commanded a body of Polish cavalry to cross by swimming. They did not hesitate to dash into the river. But ere they reached the middle of the stream, the irresistible torrent broke their ranks, and they were swept down and lost almost to a man...
Page 23 - The English wish for war; but if they draw the sword first, I will be the last to return it to the scabbard. They do not respect treaties, which henceforth we must cover with black crape...
Page 385 - Eble, finally set fire to the bridge. All that remained on the other side, including many prisoners, and a great quantity of guns and baggage, became the prisoners and the prey of the Russians. The amount of the French loss was never exactly known ; but the Russian report, concerning the bodies of the invaders which were collected and burnt as soon as the thaw permitted, states that upwards of 36,000 were found in the Beresina.1 > [Segur, t.
Page 389 - Archduchess." (This was said with an'air of much gaiety.) " In the same manner, in Russia, I could not prevent its freezing. They told me every morning that I had lost ten thousand horses during the night. — Well, farewell to you!" He bade them adieu five or .six times in the course of the harangue, but always returned to the subject. " Our Norman horses are less hardy than those of the Russians — they sink under ten degrees of cold (beneath zero.) It is the same with the men.
Page 249 - Huge rocks, and trunks of trees, long prepared and laid in heaps for the purpose, began now to descend rapidly in every direction, while the deadly fire of the...
Page 388 - I should marry an archduchess." (This was said with an air of much gaiety). " In the same manner, in Russia, I could not prevent its freezing. They told me every morning that I had lost 10,000 horses during the night.
Page 97 - Never forget, that in the situation to which my political system and the interests of my empire have called you, your first duty is towards ME, your second towards France. All your other duties, even those towards the people whom I have called you to govern, rank after these.
Page 384 - The right of this corps d'armee rested on the river ; a ravine full of bushes covered their front, but the left wing had no point of support. It remained, according to the military phrase, in the air, and was covered by two regiments of cavalry. Behind this defensive line were many thousands of stragglers, mingled with the usual followers of a camp, and with all those individuals who, accompanying, for various reasons, the French from Moscow, had survived the horrors of the march. Women, children,...

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