Military Subjects: Battles & Campaigns


French Order-of-Battle during the Golymin and Pultusk Campaign: 1st Corps (9 January 1807)

By Greg Gorsuch

Situation sommaire au 9 janvier.

1re Division, Gal Dupont.

Hommes.

Chevaux.

Gaux Rouyer et Legendre.

9e léger, Cel Meunier. 2 bataillons

1,777

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32e de ligne, Cel Darricau. 2 bataillons

1,832

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96e de ligne, Cel Barrois. 2 bataillons

 
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2e Division, Gal Rivaud.

Gaux Pacthod et Maison.

8e de ligne, Cel Auttié. 2 bataillons

1,501

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45e de ligne, Cel Barrié. 2 bataillons

1,510

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54e de ligne, Cel Phelippon. 2 bataillons

1,590

"

 

3e Division, Gal Drouet.

Gaux Werlé et Frère.

27e léger, Cel Charnotet. 2 bataillons

1,320

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94e de ligne, Cel Razout. 2 bataillons

1,358

"

 

95e de ligne, Cel Pécheux. 2 bataillons

1,583

"

 

Artillerie et génie

1,005

1,144

 

15,361

1,144

 

Cavalerie Légère (Note 2), Gal Tilly.

2e de hussards, Cel Gérard

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"

4e de hussards, Cel Burthe

"

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5e de chasseurs, Cel Bonnemains

"

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1er Corps d’Armée. — Maréchal Bernadotte.

Chef d’état-major : Gal Léopold Berthier, puis Gal Maison.


Detachments which could have joined in at time convenient to take part in the operations of the December Campaign.

The 9th Light, depot at Lauterberg, had a detachment in the battalion of light infantry, which left Strasbourg on September 28, passed through Leipzig on October 24 and arrived at Berlin in the last days of October.  This detachment, which had approximately 100 men, was probably directed to continue on to Stettin where the small depots of the 1st Corps were to meet, under army order of November 4, 1806.

November 30th, there were in Stettin 7 officers and 227 men of the 9th Light.

By dispatch of December 15, the Chief of Staff (Major General) prescribed to General Thouvenot to send on Thorn all the men who were to join the 1st Corps; but none of these detachments coming from Stettin on this date, could take part in the December campaign; none appears in the presentation of the muster of December 25.  One will deal later with the detachments, which joined in January and took part in the operations of the Eylau Campaign.

A detachment of 1 officer and 181 men of the 32nd, coming from the depot in Vincennes, crossed the Rhine at Mainz on October 28 and arrived about November 20th in Berlin, from where it was probably directed to continue to Stettin.  240 men of the 32nd were at Stettin on November 30.

The 96th, depot at Landau, had a detachment in one of the battalions of infantry which started from Strasbourg on September 26; this battalion crossed to Leipzig on October 23; General Macon reported the detachment of the 96th without giving the strength of it.  The detachment was directed onto Stettin. (Note 3)  6 officers and 236 men of the 96th were at Stettin on November 30.

A detachment of 1 officer and 9 men of 8th, depot at Venloo, crossed the Rhine to Mainz on November 3 and joined the regiment for its passage to Berlin.  45 men of 8th were in Stettin on November 30.

A detachment of 1 officer and 110 men of the 45th, depot in Liege, crossed the Rhine to Mainz on November 8 and joined the regiment for its passage to Berlin.  12 men of the 44th were in Stettin on November 30.

A detachment of 1 officer and 193 men of the 54th, depot at Maëstricht, crossed the Rhine to Mainz on November 8 and joined the regiment for its passage to Berlin.  27 men were in  Stettin on November 30.

A detachment of 1 officer and 102 men of the 27th, depot in Aachen, crossed the Rhine to Mainz on November 3 and joined the regiment for its passage to Berlin.  79 men were in Stettin on November 30.

A detachment of 1 officer and 132 men of the 94th, depot at Juliers, crossed the Rhine to Mainz on November 8 and joined the regiment for its passage to Berlin.  25 men were in Stettin on November 30.

A detachment of 2 officers and 154 men of the 95th, depot in Cologne, crossed the Rhine to Mainz on November 8 and joined the regiment for its passage to Berlin.  50 men were in Stettin on November 30.

The 2nd and 4th Hussars and 5th Chasseurs did not receive detachments before the crossing of the Vistula.

Notes:

1. The 45th probably had a battalion with the escorts of the prisoners from the capitulation of Lübeck or with the guard of the artillery park of the army corps.

2. The light cavalry joined the 1st Corps only in the middle of January, with the dissolution of the 2nd Cavalry Reserve; it had not provided a muster roll for one month. 

3. The 96th also had in this battalion 61 grenadiers and 62 voltigeurs of the 3rd Battalion who were retained in Berlin (reviewed by the Emperor on October 30) to form the 3rd Elite Battalion 3 battalions of the 9th Light one and 32nd Line.  The 1st Elite Battalion formed with the elite companies the 3 battalions of the 27th Light, 94th and 95th Line; the 2nd Battalion with those of 8th, 45th and 54th Line; these 2 battalions constituted the 1st Regiment. 

The musters of the bodies were not made in a very uniform way; come counted in the column of detached the their elite companies, while others did not include them there.  One can be assured that of the 1,924 men detached on the date of December 25, there was in it a good number from the elite battalions.         

Source:

Foucart, P. Campagne de Pologne: Novembre-décembre 1806-Janvier 1807. Paris: Libraire Militaire Berger-Levralt & Co.; 1882.

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