Memoirs of Marshal Ney, Volume 1

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Bull and Churton, 1834
 

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Page 161 - great and beautiful city, containing a noble-minded population smarting under recently inflicted injuries." your commission of general of brigade, which I have just received from the War Minister. Government has thus discharged the debt which it owed to one of its worthiest and most zealous servants ; and it has only done justice to the talents and courage of which you daily give fresh proofs. Accept my sincere congratulation.
Page 153 - ... by the success of Ney's brilliant energy, that he announced upon the spot that he should make Ney a general of brigade. The chasseurs clapped their hands with satisfaction, and all the officers expressed their cordial approbation. Kleber, on the following day, wrote to the directory as follows : " Adjutant-general Ney, in this and the preceding campaigns, has given numerous proofs of talent, zeal, and intrepidity ; but he surpassed even himself in the battle which took place yesterday, and he...
Page 47 - ... by a long march to follow 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 56 - ... in the boldest and most daring enterprises against detachments of the enemy, which were crowned with brilliant success. During the siege of Maestricht, Ney's valor in forcing the passage of the Roer, won him especial distinction. Bernadotte, in reporting his success to Kleber, said : " Great praise is due to the brave Ney : he seconded me with the ability which you know he possesses ; and I am bound to add, in strict justice, that he greatly contributed to the success we have obtained.
Page 272 - Look around you, my dear Ney," he wrote, "and say candidly whether your conscience does not call upon you to lay aside a modesty which becomes out of place and even dangerous when carried to excess. We must have ardent souls and hearts as inaccessible to fear as to seduction to be able to lead the armies of France. Who more than yourself is gifted with these qualities \ It would be an act of weakness, then, to shrink from the career that is open to you. Adieu, my dear Ney. . . . You will, I know,...
Page 75 - ... he wrote to him, on the 7th of January, 1795, " go, and complete your cure at Sarre-Libre,* your birthplace. I have despatched an order to a surgeon of the first class, Bonaventure, to send one of his pupils with you. Return soon, and lend us your powerful aid against the enemies of your country.
Page 230 - The executive directory," wrote the president, Letourneur, to him on the 1st of May, 1797, " is truly afflicted, citizen-general, at the accident which occasioned your falling into the hands of the enemy. The impetuosity of your courage before Giessen, and the brilliant manoeuvres which you executed at the head of the squadrons under your command, make this event still more to be regretted. The directory trusts that the army will soon again behold one of its bravest general officers, whose absence...
Page 62 - The same commander wrote a day or two afterward to Ney himself: "The general who commands an army in which you are employed is a fortunate man. I have that good luck, and I fully appreciate it. Continue to pursue and hussar the enemy." It is not the least striking, of the strange changes in position which the incidents of the time brought about, that, twenty years after, this same Bernadotte, as king of Sweden, should gain a great victory over this same Ney, as the marshal of an empire yet undreamed...
Page v - who was, next to Napoleon, the greatest of the generals produced by the French Revolution...
Page xi - POSSESSION OF HIS FAMILY. The work has been put together under the direction and management of the Duke of Elchingen, Marshal Ney's second sou, who has affixed his signature to every sheet sent to press.

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