Lot 42
  • 42

Napoleon I, and his Marshals

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1,500 - 2,000 GBP
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Description

  • Napoleon I
  • Document signed ("N"), together with a collection of letters signed by Marshals Ney, Clarke, Soult, Garibaldi and others, including:
  • paper
Napoleon I. Report from Henri Clarke, signed (“Duc de Feltre”, as Minister of War, subsequently Marshal of France), initialled and endorsed by Napoleon on 17 April 1812, giving an account of the losses caused by a fire at the 37th Regiment at Aurich (Ems-Oriental), on the night of 20/21 July and requesting 17,861 francs 55c. to make good the losses to the regimental stores, 1 page, folio, printed stationery of the Ministère de la Guerre, St Cloud, 15 April 1812, small tear to edge--Ney, Marshal Michel, Letter signed (“Ney”), written just before the Battle of Guttstadt-Deppen, one of his most notable victories, to Marshal Berthier (“le Prince de Neuchatel” as Minister of War), explaining recent desertions from his 6th Corps due to exhaustion and requesting bread, tobacco and other provisions for his men, 3 pages, folio, Guttstadt (East Prussia), 1 June 1807, creasing and small tears to margins; together with letters and notes signed by Marshal Soult ("Duc de Dalmatie"), Garibaldi, Marshal Bazaine and others, 14 letters, folio and 4to, with printed matter, 18 items in all, 1807-1874

Catalogue Note

This refitting of the 37th Line Infantry Regiment in East Friesland comes two months before marching on Russia as part of Napoleon’s fateful invasion of June 1812.  The regiment formed part of the VII Corps, comprised mainly of Saxons under General Jean Reynier, and was defeated by the Russians at Volkovysk in November,
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