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Eylau: Precis Des Travaux de la Grande Armée

Eylau: An Abstract of the Chronological Exploits of the Grand Army

Translated by: Greg Gorsuch

The Napoleon Series has a long tradition of publishing primary source material. Greg Gorsuch recently acquired a volume of official correspondence on the Eylau Campaign. It was printed in 1807 and it appears to be a compendium of correspondence between the Napoleon and various countries, most notably Great Britain. The correspondence is followed by Napoleon’s bulletins.  Our intention is to provide both the original material in French and a translation into English. 

The exact title of the book is:

“Precis Des Travaux de la Grande Armee, Par Ordre de Dates; Avec un Expose des principaux faits qui se sont passses pendant la glorieuse et memorable Campagne de 1806 a 1807, depuis le depart de S. M. I. NAPOLEON-LE-GRAND, jusqu’a la bataille d Eylau.” 

“An Abstract of the Chronological Exploits of the Grand Army, told in conjunction with principal events that took place during the glorious and memorable campaign of 1806 to 1807, from the departure of His Imperial Majesty Napoleon just until the battle of Eylau.”

CHEZ HÉNEE, impr.-libr., rue St.-André-des-Arcs, no. 5. CAPELLE et RENAND, libr.-commissionnairs, rue J.-J. Rousseau; LENORMANT, impr.-lib., rue des Prêtres-St.-Germain-l’Auserrois, no.17, MDCCCVII [1807]

Preface

Preface of the Editor

An old soldier, passing the last years of his life reading all the public sheets, says to me one day:  “I’m sad to (confusedly suffer) see so much glorious accounts isolated from each other, scattered in periodic sheets.  Shouldn’t one rather make a precise, exact and organized WORK of this memorable campaign?  It would be the first book to offer to martial imaginations for my young comrades;  by going through it they would be pleased to have been born under a reign of which the first days erase already the glory of the most beautiful centuries of antiquity…..You, for example, Sir, which often make leave your presses of good works…..”  I made true his wishes, and the following day I had to him the first volume of this honorable collection-My love for the Great NAPOLEON, the so natural desire of a Frenchman to transmit to posterity the successes which illustrate his fatherland, and to bring closer the materials which will be used one day as text with the history of the beautiful century that we traverse, such are the reasons which committed me to undertake this useful work.  Undoubtedly it would belong to the heros which carried out them to describe so many wonders, and Caesar alone was worthy to give his Comments to the posterity;  but modest in my enterprise, paying homage to the bold writers and the wise which will raise the colossus of the history, I wanted to give only one simple account, and I especially dedicated it to the Young Pupils of the Military academy of Fontainebleau because they would not know to study too much the Masters of whom they are prepared to follow the immortal example. 

Foot-note.  I believed initially that I would publish this Work in a volume, but the extent of the matters forces me to make two of them.  I believe I have answered this demands on me, by publishing the 1st volume, which contains all the Particulars of this Campaign, since the departure of S.M. the Emperor and King, to the combat of Eylau, and the time of the re-entry of the troops in winter quarters.  The second volume, under press, will be finished only at the end of the campaign, and will be increased by an Analytical Table of the principal facts.  The people who will subscribe to two volumes will enjoy being given one for1 Fr.  50 C per specimen.  The subscriptions will be done at Mr. HÉNEE, Imprimeur-Libraire, street Saint-André-des-Arcs, no.5, old house of fire Mr. Knapen.

 

‘Eylau: An Abstract of the Chronological Exploits of the Grand Army’DedicationObservationsThe Last  Negotiation between France and England: 20 February 1806Tallyrand’s Response to Fox’s Letter dated 21 February 1806: 5 March 1806Fox’s Response to Tallyrand’s Letter dated 5 March 1806: 26 March 1806Tallyrand’s Response to Fox’s Letter dated 26 March 1806: 1 April 1806Fox’s Response to Tallyrand’s Letter of 1 April 1806: 8 April 1806Tallyrand’s Response to Fox’s Letter of 8 April 1806: 16 April 1806Fox’s Response to Tallyrand’s Letter of 16 April 1806: April 21, 1806Tallyrand’s Response to Fox’s Letter of 21 April 1806: June 2, 1806Fox’s Response to Tallyrand’s Letter of 2 June 1806: June 14, 1806Undated Letter from Fox to Tallyrand Most Likely in Response to June 2, 1806 LetterCreditionals of British Ambassador Francis Seymour dated 26 June 1806 (In Latin)Creditionals of British Ambassador Francis Seymour dated 26 June 1806Letter of British Pleniportentiary to Paris: 7 August 1806Letter from Henri Clarke, French Secretary of the Cabinet, to the British Pleniportentiary: No DateLetter of British Pleniportentiary to Henri Clarke: 9 August 1806Letter of British Pleniportentiary to Tallyrand: 9 August 1806Letter of British Pleniportentiary to Tallyrand: 10 August 1806Letter of British Pleniportentiary to Tallyrand: 11 August 1806Letter from Henri Clarke to Lauderdale, Pleniportentiary: August 11, 1806Another Letter of British Pleniportentiary to Tallyrand: 11 August 1806Note from Charles Tallyrand to Lauderdale, Pleniportentiary: August 11, 1806Letter of British Pleniportentiary in Response to Tallyrand’s Letter of 11 August: 11 August 1806Another Letter by British Pleniportentiary in Response to Tallyrand’s Letter of 11 August: 14 August 1806Letter of British Pleniportentiary Announcing the Departure of Lord Yarmouth: 17 August 1806Letter from Lauderdale to Talleyrand about the Delay in Receiving Passports: 22 August 1806Letter from Lauderdale Accepting Invitation to Dinner with Minister of Interior: 29 August 1806Letter from Lauderdale to Talleyrand Stating that Further Negotiations would be FutileLetter from Talleyrand to Lauderdale Protesting the Breaking Off of Negotiations: 4 September 1806Lauderdale to Talleyrand Offering to Serve as Mediator between France and Russia: 15 September 1806Talleyrand to Lauderdale on Napoleon’s Wish to Continue Negotiations: 18 September 1806Lauderdale to Talleyrand on His Willingness to Continue Negotiations: 19 September 1806Talleyrand to Lauderdale on the New French Negotiator: 22 September 1806 Lauderdale to Talleyrand on the New French Negotiator: 22 September 1806 Letter from Talleyrand to Lauderdale about Passports: 24 September 1806Letter from Lauderdale to Talleyrand on the Futility of Further Negotiations: 26 September 1806Letter from Talleyrand to Lauderdale on Napoleon’s Thoughts on Negotiations: 30 September 1806Document from Czar Alexander Naming Mr. d’Oubril His NegotiatorThe Franco – Russian Peace Treaty of 1806The Last  Negotiation between France and England: 21 October 1806

 

More on ‘Eylau: An Abstract of the Chronological Exploits of the Grand Army’Letter from Talleyrand to General Knobelsdorff of Prussia, 11 September 1806Report from Talleyrand to Napoleon on Prussia: 3 October 1806Report from Talleyrand to Napoleon on Prussia: 6 October 1806Letter from Napoleon to the Senate Declaring War on Prussia: 7 October 1806French Senate’s Response to the Prussian Ambassador’s Note: October 6, 1806Napoleon’s Proclamation to the Army: 12 October 1806First Bulletin of the Grand Army: Bamberg, October 8, 1806.(Not Available)Second Bulletin of the Grand Army: Auma, October 12, 1806. (Not Available)Third Bulletin of the Grand Army: Gerau, October 13, 1806. (Not Available)Fourth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Gerau, October 13, at ten o’clock Fifth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Jena, October 15, 1806. (Not Available)Sixth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Weimar, October 15, 1806.  (Not Available)Seventh Bulletin of the Grand Army: Weimar, October 16, 1806. (Not Available)Letter of a Prussian Officer to One of His Friends in Berlin. October 12, 1806Note on the Battle of Jena: 15 October 1806Eighth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Weimar, October 16, 1806, at the evening  Ninth Bulletin of  the Grand Army : Weimar, October 17, 1806 Tenth Bulletin of the Grand Army:  Naumbourg, October 18, 1806Eleventh Bulletin of the Grand Army:  Mersebourg, October 19, 1806 Twelfth Bulletin of the Grand Army:  Halle, October 19, 1806Letter from a Junior Prussian Officer: 17 October 1806Thirteenth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Halle, October 20, 1806Notice from the French Military Governor to the People of Leipzig: 18 October 1806Letter from de Mottzer to the Princess of Sweden on the Military Situation: 19 October 1806Letter of a Prussian Officer to His Brother on the Destruction of His Regiment: 16 October 1806Letter by a King’s Gendarme to His Wife: 17 October 1806Letter to the Prussian Minister-of-State on the Political Situation in Germany: 12 October 1806Fourthteenth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Dessau, October 22, 1806Fifthteenth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Wittemberg, October 23, 1806Letter to the King of Prussia from Napoleon: 12 October 1806Capitulation of Erfurth: 15 October 1806Sixteenth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Wittenberg, 23 October 1806Seventeenth Bulletin of the Grand Army: In Postdam, October 26, 1806Eighteenth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Potsdam, 26 October 1805Capitulation of the Fortress of Spandau: 25 October 1806Letter from a Senior Prussian on the Situation in Prussia: 18 October 1806Nineteenth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Charlottenbourg, October 27, 1806Twentieth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Charlottenbourg, October 27, 1806Letter from the Surgeon Who Treated the Duke of Brunswick’s Wounds: 22 October 1806Another Medical Bulletin on the Duke of Brunswick: 22 October 1806Eyewitness Account of Napoleon’s Entry into Berlin: 27 October 1806Twenty – First Bulletin of the Grand Army: Berlin, 28 October 1806Napoleon’s Proclamation to the Army: 26 October 1806Twenty-Third Bulletin of the Grand Army: Berlin, 30 October 1806Capitulation of the Prince of Hohenlohe’s Column: 29 October 1806Capitulation of the Saxon Corps to Marshal Soult: 29 October 1806Twenty-Fourth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Berlin, 31October 1806Report of Prince Hohenlohe to the King of Prussia on the Surrender of His Corps: 29 October 1806Capitulation of the Town of StettinTwenty-Fifth Bulletin of the Grand Army: 2 November 1806Twenty-Sixth Bulletin of the Grand Army: 3 November 1806French Order of the Day: 2 November 1806Twenty-Seventh Bulletin of the Grand Army: Berlin, 6 November 1806Letters Intercepted by the French Twenty-Eighth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Berlin, 8 November 1806Note from French Chargé d’Affaires to the Prince of Hesse-Cassel: 29 October 1806Proclamation of Marshal Mortier to the People of Hesse-Cassel: 31 October 1806Twenty-Nineth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Berlin, 9 November 1806French Order of the Day: 8 November 1806French Order of the Day: 9 November 1806Thirtieth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Berlin, 10 November 1806The Capitulation of the City and Fortress of Magdeburg: 8 November 1806Articles for the Surrender of General Blucher: 7 November 1806 Thirty-First Bulletin of the Grand Army: Berlin, 12 November 1806Dispatch to the King of Sweden on the French Army in Dalamatia: 15 October 1806Thirty-Second Bulletin of  the Grand Army:  Berlin, November 16, 1806Thirty-Third Bulletin of the Grand Army: Berlin, November 17, 1806Delegation of the Senate to H. M. the Emperor: 19 November 1806Thirty-Fourth Bulletin of  the Grand Army: 23 November 1806The Capitulation of Hameln: 20 November 1806Meeting of the Senate: December 5, 1806Message of H. M. the Emperor and King, to the Senate: 21 November 1806Report from Talleyrand to Napoleon: 15 November 1806Report from Talleyrand to Napoleon: 20 November 1806Decree Ordering the Continental Blockade: 21 November 1806Senate Decree on Special Conscription: 4 December 1806Thirty-Fifth Bulletin of the Grand Army:  Posen, November 28, 1806Thirty-Sixth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Posen, December 1, 1806Proclamation: December 2, 1806Order of the Day: December 2, 1806Thirty-Seventh Bulletin of the Grand Army. Posen, December 2, 1806Capitulation of the Fort of Czentoschau: November 19, 1806Proclamation by the King of Prussia on the Polish Insurrection: December 4, 1806Thirty-Eighth Bulletin of the Grand Army:  Posen, December 5, 1806Capitulation of Glogau: November 5, 1806Capitulation of Plassembourg: November 5, 1806Thirty-Ninth Bulletin of the Grand Army:  Posen, December 7, 1806Capitulation of Nienbourg: November 25, 1806Fortieth Bulletin of the Grand Army:  Posen, December 9, 1806 Forty-First Bulletin of the Grand Army:  Posen, December 14, 1806Forty-Second Bulletin of the Grand Army:  Posen, December 15, 1806Treaty between Russia and Mecklenbourg: October 25, 1806Forty-Third Bulletin of the Grand Army:  Kutno, December 17, 1806Forty-Fourth Bulletin of the Grand Army:  Varovie, December 21, 1806Forty-Fifth Bulletin of the Grand Army:  Halurk, December 27, 1806Combat of CzarnowoCombat of NasielskPassage of the WrkaPassage of the SonnaForty-Sixth Bulletin of the Grand Army:  Golymin, December 28, 1806Forty-Seventh Bulletin of the Grand Army: Pultusk, December 30, 1806Combat of PultuskCombat of GolyminForty-Eighth Bulletin of the Grand-Army: Warsaw, January 3, 1807Siege of GlogauForty-Ninth Bulletin of the Grand-Army: Warsaw, January 8, 1807Fiftieth Bulletin of the Grand-Army:  Warsaw, January 13, 1807Fifty-First Bulletin Of The Grand-Army:  Warsaw, January 14, 1807Journal of the Operations of the Siege of BreslauDispatch of General Benigsen: December 15, 1806Letter from French Consul at Bucharest to Talleyrand: December 13, 1806Capitulation of Breslau: January 5, 1807Fifty-Second Bulletin of the Grand-Army:  Warsaw, January 19, 1807Fifty-Third Bulletin of the Grand-Army:  Warsaw, January 22, 1807Capitulation of Brieg: January 11, 1807An Audience with Josephine: 5 February 1807Fifty-Fourth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Warsaw, January 27, 1807The Petition of François NarockiFifty-Fifth Bulletin of the Grand Army: Warsaw, January 29, 1807Senate Proceedings: 17 February 1807Report of the Minister of Foreign Relations: January 28, 1807Fifty-Sixth Bulletin of the Grande Army:  Arensdorf, February 5, 1807Combat at BergfriedCombat at WaterdorfCombat at DeppenFifty-Seventh Bulletin of the Grand Army: in Preussich-Eylau, February 7, 1807Combat at Hoff Fifty-Eighth Bulletin of  the Grand Army:  In Preussich-Eylau, February 9, 1807Combat at EylauBattle of Eylau

 

 

 

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