Eylau: Precis Des Travaux de la Grande Armée
Letter by a King’s Gendarme to His Wife.
De Klostereib, October 17, 1806.
For five days we have had to manage with only bad bread; all the horses which remained with us fall from tiredness. There remained only sixteen men of the Queens Regiment, of the Gendarmes Regiment and the Aschersleben Regiment. Prince Louis-Ferdinand died, Prince Hohenlohe mortally wounded; the king twice wounded; Prince William of Brunswick and the Duke of Brunswick wounded, all our luggage was taken. For eighteen days we have not been paid. The French are always behind us. It is said that peace will be made soon. We walk from here towards Magdeburg, where we perhaps will be beaten still.
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