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French Orders and Reports from the Waterloo Campaign: Report of General Kellerman to Marshal Ney on the Charge of Guiton's Brigade of Cuirassiers at Quatre Bras

Provided by Dominique Contant
Translated by
Marc Moerman

Original in French

Pr's Frasnes, le 16 juin 1815 - 10 H du soir

Monsieur le Mar�chal,

J'ai ex�cut� la charge que vous m'aviez ordonn�e ; j'ai rencontr� l'infanterie ennemie plac�e dans un vallon au-dessous de ses pi�ces. A l'instant, sans laisser aux troupes le temps de r�fl�chir, je me suis pr�cipit� - la t�te du 1� escadron du 8� avec le Gal Guiton, sur l'infanterie Anglo-hanovrienne, malgr� le feu le plus vif de front et de flanc. Les deux lignes d'infanterie ont �t� culbut�es, le plus grand d'sordre �tait dans la ligne ennemie, que nous avons travers� deux - trois fois, le succ's le plus complet �tait assur� ( ici rajout� en interligne : avec les r�sultats que vous attendiez), si les lanciers nous eussent suivi, mais les cuirassiers cribl's de coups de fusils de tous les cot�s, n'ont pu profiter de l'avantage qu'ils avaient obtenu par une charge des plus r�solues et des plus hardies contre une infanterie qui ne se laissa point intimider et qui fit feu avec le plus grand sang-froid comme - l'exercice.

Nous avons pris un drapeau du 69� qui a �t� enlev� par les cuirassiers Valgayer et Mourassin ( ajout� au crayon par une autre main : Albisson et Henry ?). La brigade ayant fait une perte �norme et ne se voyant pas soutenue, se retira dans le d'sordre ordinaire en pareille circonstances, mon cheval a �t� renvers� de deux coups de feu, et moi sous lui. Ce n'est qu'avec peine que je suis parvenu - m'�chapper. Le Gal Guiton, le Colonel Cavaraque ont �t� d'mont's ainsi que nombre d'officiers et de cuirassiers. J'ai eu le genou et la jambe froiss�e, mais, je n'en serai pas moins demain - cheval. La division Roussel est bivouaqu�e dans la plaine , pr's de Frasnes, la division Lh�ritier n'a pas rejoint, j'essayerai de lui adresser des ordres.

Je suis avec respect

Sign� : Le comte de Valmy (Kellermann le jeune)

Translation

Kellermann's Report to Ney after the charge of the brigade of Guiton's cuirassiers

Near Frasnes, June 16, 1815 - 10 H PM

Sir - Marshal,

I executed the charge that you have ordered me to do; I encountered the enemy infantry, posted in a small valley beneath their guns. On the spot, without giving the troops time to think, I rushed at the head of the 1st squadron of the 8th with Gal Guiton, against the Anglo-Hanoverian infantry, in spite of the extensive fire, from the front and the flanks. Both lines of infantry were knocked over, the greatest disorder was in the enemy line, which we crossed two - three times, the most complete success was ensured [here was added a space line : With the results which you was waiting for], if the lancers would have followed us, the cuirassiers, shot upon from all sides, could not exploit the advantage that they had obtained by this most resolute and fearless charge against an infantry which did not let itself be intimidated and which they fired with the greatest coolness as if during an exercise.

We took a flag of the 69th which was taken by the cuirassiers Valgayer and Mourassin [added with pencil by another hand: Albisson and Henry?]. The brigade having taken an enormous loss and seeing that they were not supported, withdrew in the usual disorder as in similar circumstances, my horse was knocked down by two shots, and I fell under it. I was barely able to escape. The Gal Guiton, the Colonel Cavaraque were unhorsed as well as numerous officers and cuirassiers. I was hurt in the knee and the leg , but nevertheless, I shall be there tomorrow on horseback. The division Roussel is bivouacking in the plain, close to Frasnes, Lh�ritier's division did not join, I will try to address orders to him.

I am respectfully

Signed: the count of Valmy (Kellermann, the young )


 

 

 



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