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Memoirs of General Count Rapp

first aide-de-camp to Napoleon

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Memoirs of General Count Rapp

first aide-de-camp to Napoleon

This edition was published in by H. Colburn in London.


Table of Contents

CONTENTS.
Chapter I. — Commencement of the Authors military career. — His promotion. — Certificate from Desaix. — Good fortune in Egypt. — Introduction to, and character of, Napoleon. — Servile conduct of the old nobility. - 1
Chap. II. — Napoleon's temper. — His flatterers. — His clemency. 8
Chap. III. — Napoleon's attachment to his family. — Lucien's opposition to the views of Napoleon. — Napoleon's bounty to Rapp. — Rapp's intercession for Requier and Damas. — Is unsuccessful. — Writes to Requier. — Letter intercepted and carried to Napoleon. — The Emperor greatly incensed at it. — Rapp apologizes. — Is restored to favour. — Marries. — Beroadotte's disgrace with the Emperor. — His restoration to favour. 12
Chap. IV — Napoleon's courage. — Infernal machine. — The Emperor's escape. 19
Chap. V. — Napoleon's readiness to receive advice. — His contempt for ignorance. — His partiality to the game of vingt et un, - 2t
Chap. VI. — The third Austrian war. — The French victorious. — The Austrian army shut up in Ulm. — Summoned to surrender. — Negotiation conducted by M. de Segur. — The enemy surrender. — Napoleon's joy. 26
Chap. VII. — The remainder of the Austrians pursued. — Defeated by Murat. — Werneck's capitulation ; disregarded by Count Hohenzollern. — Correspondence.
Chap. VIII. — The French march towards Vienna — The Russians defeated. — Napoleon's instructions to Murat
Chap. IX. — Anecdote of the Emperor and Madame de Bunny. — The advance 6f the French troops. — Stratagem in crossing the Danube. — Austerlitz. — The advance-guard of the French repulsed by the Russians. — The Russians completely defeated. — Rapp wounded. — His promotion. — Napoleon's kindness to him. — His recovery. — The Emperor's instructions to Rapp — Peace concluded. - 54
Chap. X. — The conduct of Prussia. — Rapp's mission. — Its object. — His return. — The Grand Duchess of Darmstadt offends the Emperor. — Her punishment. — The French troops attacked by some Prussian detachments. — Rapp's appointment to the command of the military division at Strasburg. — He receives instructions. — The Emperor arrives at Mentz. — Rapp joins him at Wurtzburg. — His mission to the Grand Duke of Baden. — The impatience of the Prussian Generals to commence the war. — Character of Prince Louis. — Demand of Prussia. — Napoleon's proclamation. — Prussians defeated at I Schleitz. — Rapp sent to the King of Prussia. — Recalled. — Mission of De Montesquiou. — His treatment. - 66
Chap. XI. — The calculations of the Duke of Brunswick. — He is disconcerted at the movement of the French. — Manoeuvres. — Napoleon issues orders. — Battle of Auerstadt and Jena. — The French victorious. — Rapp instructed to pursue the Russians. — He enters Weimar. — The King of Prussia makes overtures. — Napoleon's conduct. — He sends Duroc to visit the wounded. occupation of Vienna. — Heaquarters established at Weimar. — Movements of the enemy. — Attacked and routed by Bernadotte at Halle. — Napoleon visits the field of battle. — Goes to Dessau. — His treatment of the old Duke. .... 79
Chap. XII. — The Prussians closely pursued by the French. — Surrender of a corps before Magdeburg. — Misfortunes of Prussia. — The French prepare to march on Berlin. — Napoleon's instructions to Davoust. 89
Chap. XIII. — The French set out for Polsdam. — Anecdote of the Emperor and a female native of Egypt. — State of Potsdam. — Flight of the Court. — Deputations to the Emperor. — Their reception. — Napoleon's observations to the Duke of Brunswick's envoy. — Head-quarters at Charlottemberg. — Napoleon's proclamation. 93
Chap. XIV. — Napoleon reviews the third corps. — Effect of the proclamation on the troops. — Surrender of 25,000 Prussians. — The Duke of Weimar abandons his command. — Blucher surrenders. — Napoleon s despatch to General k Beiliard. — Blucher allowed to retire to Hamburg. - 101
Chap. XV. — Arrest of Prince Hatzfield as a spy. — Napoleon's determination to have him executed. — Intercession for him. — The release of the Prince. — His letter to Count Rapp. — Embassies to the Emperor. — Rapp authorised to settle the affairs of the Court of Weimar. — The Duke permitted to return to his estates. — His letter of thanks to Rapp. 107
Chap. XVI. — Surrender of the Prussian fortresses. — Arrest of the Prince of Wurtamberg. — Head-quarters at Posen. — State of Poland. — Entry into Warsaw. — The Emperor's reception. — Anecdotes of the Poles and of the French soldiers. — Passage of the Vistula. 114.
Chap. XVII. — Affaire with the Russians. — Battle of Pultuflk. — Rapp's wounds. — His appointment to the government of Thorn. — Bluchers letter to him. — He intercedes for Blucher. — Is made Governor of Dantzic. — Contributions levied. — Napoleon's dissatisfaction with Prussia. - 124
Chap. XVIII. — Fourth Austrian war (1809.) — Battle of Esslingen. — Schill's insurrection. — Napoleon's feeling. — Battle of Wagram. — Rapp's accident. — Rapp obtains the pardon of some conspirators. - 136
Chap. XIX. — Attempt of a young German to assassinate Napoleon. — Conversation and conduct of the assassin. 141
Chap. XX. — Execution of the young German. — Peace concluded. — Rapp's reception in Munich. — Situation of Bavaria. — Trait of the King of Wur tern berg. — Napoleon's return to Fontainebleao. 147
Chap. XXI. — Divorce of Josephine. — Marriage of Napoleon and Maria-Louisa. — Napoleon displeased with Rapp ; sends him to Dantzic. — Rapp at Dantzic — Character of his garrison. — He gives offence to the Russian Resident. 151
Chap. XX1L — Napoleon's dissatisfaction with Rapp for evading the anti-commercial decrees. — Douane established at Dantzic. — Discontent in the North of Germany. — Rapp's representations. — Napoleon's ignorance of the German Character. 158
Chap. XXIII. — Napoleon repairs to Dantzic. — Conversation between the Emperor and Rapp. - 164
Chap. XXIV. — Napoleon proceeds to Konigsberg. — His intentions. — The advance of the French troops. Their arrival at Wilna. — Commencement of the Russian war. 168
Chap. XXV. — Flight of the Russians. — Their rear-guard defeated by the King of Naples. — His report of the engagement. — Dispute between the King of Westphalia and Vandamme. 171
Chap. XXVI. — Rapp leaves Danteic. — State of the roads. — Arrives at Wilna. — Opening of the Polish Diet. — Speech of the President. — Eloquence and negotiations of the Abbe de Pradt. 176
Chap. XXVII. — Activity of the Emperor. — His instructions to Hautpoult. — Distress of the army. — Hopes of Napoleon. — The Russian Patriarch's denunciation of the French. 186
Chap. XXVIII. — Battle of Smolensko. — Escape of the Russian army. — Junot's inactivity. — He is in disgrace with the Emperor. — Intercessions in his favour. — Rapp named for the command of the Westphalian corps, instead of Junot. — Character of Junot. — He is allowed to resume his command. — Irruption of Tormasoff. — Napoleon's instructions to the Duke de Belluno. 190
Chap. XXIX. — Kutusow takes the command of the Russian army. — His qualifications; his losses. — Rapp sent to reconnoitre. — Napoleon's conversation before the battle of Borodino. — Proclamation. - 197
Chap. XXX. — Battle of Borodino. — Rapp's wounds. 204
Chap. XXXI. — Retreat of the Russians. — Occupation and burning of Moscow. 209
Chap. XXXII. — The Emperor's delay at Moscow ; its motives and consequences. — His instructions to the Duke de Belluno. — Deplorable state of the French army. — Rapp's recovery. — The Emperor's anxiety about the wounded. 213
Chap. XXXIII. — Retreat of the French. — The Emperor's despatch to Mortier. — Battle at Malojaroslawitz. — Napoleon visits the field of battle. — Surprised by some Cossacks. — Rapp's conducts the Emperor loads him with eulogiums. — General Winzengerode taken prisoner. — His treatment. 221
Chap. XXXIV. — Deplorable condition of the French. — Mallet's conspiracy — The Emperor's surprise. — The French cross the Borysthenes. — Attacked by the Russians. — Retreat of the French. — Marshal Ney's courage. 230
Chap. XXXV. — Continuation of the Retreat. — Capture of Witepsk. — Loss of the magazines. — State of the weather. — Disasters of the French. — Attacked by the Cossacks. 235
Chap. XXXVI. — The Emperor's solicitude for Ney. — Receives information of his escape from the Russians. — Embarrassment of the French. — Battle of the Beresina. — Surrender of Partonneau's division. — Retreat of the French upon Wilna. — Napoleon sets out for Paris. — His instructions. — Rapp proceeds to Dantzic. 242
Chap. XXXVII. — Description of the town and garrison of Dantzic — Rapp's preparations. — His difficulties. — Losses of the garrison by disease. — Scarcity of provisions. — Breaking up of the ice. 254
Chap. XXXVIII. — Conduct of the Allies. — General Detrees sent to reconnoitre. — Skirmishes between the French and Allies. — The Russians defeated at Langfuhr, and Ohra. 262
Chap. XXXIX. — Destructive ravages of the epidemic- Expedition against Quadendorf. — Defeat of the Russians. — Ignorance of the garrison of the progress of events. — The epidemic disappears. — The Russian signals set on fire. — Attempts to seduce the troops of the garrison. — Review of the garrison on the glacis. 271
Chap. XL. — The garrison's efforts to obtain provisions; its difficulties. — Rapp sends an expedition into the Nerhung. — Is successful. — He demands a loan from the Dantzickers. — Accusation against the senator Piegeleau. — Conduct of the Duke of Wurtemberg. — News of the victories of Lutzeu and Bautzen. — Its effect on the French troops. — The Russians defeated. — The Allies solicit an armistice. — Rapp receives the ribbon of the order of La Reunion. —
Chap. XLI. — Conditions of the armistice. — Duke of Wurtemberg raises obstacles to the fulfilment of them. — His subterfuges. — Rapp's letter to the Prince de Neuchatel. — Scarcity of provisions. — Recommencement of hostilities.
Chap. XLII. — Attempts of the besiegers. — Engagement between the garrison and the Russians at the advanced posts. — Details. — A second engagement. — The Russians Lake Langfuhr. — Their intentions. — Rapp's preparations. — Ohra put in a state of defence. — The Russians attack Kabrun. — Their fleet fire on the French batteries ; but are repulsed. — Overflowing of the Vistula. — Combined attack by the land and sea forces of the besiegers. 303
Chap. XLIII. — Severity of the weather. — Scarcity of provisions. — Attack of the Russians. — Their defeat. — Situation, and plan of operations. — State of Dantzic, the magazines, and the surrounding fortresses. — Condition of the garrison. — Disaffection of the German troops. — Means used to decoy them. — Rapp capitulates. — The Emperor Alexander annuls the capitulation. — Rapp protests and surrenders. 323
Chap. XLIV. — The garrison taken prisoners to Kiow. — Their liberation. — The state of France in 1814. — Rapp's treatment at Court. — The return from Elba. — Conversation between Napoleon and Rapp. — Rapp's appointment to the command of the army of the Upper Rhine. — Napoleon's arrangements. — His letter to the allied Sovereigns. — Rapp sets out for Alsace. — State of public feeling. — Enthusiasm of the women at Mulbausen. 337
Chap. XLV. — Preparations of the Allies. — Napoleon's letter to Rapp. — Rapp receives fresh funds. — The Emperor's despatch to Rapp. 352
Chap. XLVI. — Amount and division of the French troops. — Rapp receives news of the battle of Waterloo. — His determination. — Rapp's advanced posts attacked. — Movements of the Allies. — The success of the French. — Their retreat. 357
Chap. XLV1I. — Effect of the news of the battle of Waterloo.' — 'Disposition of Rapp's troops. — Battle of Lampertheim. — Designs of the Allies. — Rapp throws himself into Strasburg. — Prince of Wurtembergs conduct. — Military convention signed. 364
Chap. XLVIII. — Mutiny of the garrison of Strasburg. — A description of their conduct. — Dissolution of the army. Rapp's letter to the King. — Its effect. — Rapp's death. — Conclusion. 375
APPENDIX.
Letter from General Rapp to the Duke of Wurtemberg. 405
Answer. - 407
Letter from the Duke of Wurtemberg to his Excellency Count Rapp. 409
Answer. 410
Letter from the Duke of Wurtemberg to General Count Rapp. 411
Answer. 413
Letter from the Duke of Wurtemberg to General Rapp. 415
Capitulation of Dantzic. 417
Letter from the Duke of Wurtemberg to General Rapp. 424
Answer. 426
Letter from Count Rapp to the Duke of Wurtemberg. 428
To the same. 430

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