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Bear, September 16, 2006 in France
Born May 7, 1763 - Died October 19, 1813
October 15, 1813 - Appointed Marechal d'Empire(25th Order)
Terrific items that are very well presented!
Your collection is a good example of a small number of high-quality pieces and shows how effective a focussed approach can be.
Clipped signatures are great for framing. They don't take up much space and you can put in a nice print for some color.
Those are beautifully done. I love clipped signatures, too. I have a framed signature with a 19th Century print of John Jay, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, in my office. It gets a lot of attention.
Thanks for sharing. Have you ever checked out "Profiles in History"? Expensive, but they have some amazing documents and autographs. Napoleonic items come up fairly regularly.
Very nicely presented items, makes such a difference to see something so tastefully done.
Absolutely, looks very nice. You have an awesome collection, Barry. It may be small, but you have some teriffic documents, wow.
They do look nice on the wall. I'm looking to buy my next document and I've found one by Marshal Berthier during the Egypt campaign, but I also have my eye on a Napoleon document with a connection to the United States.
Great-the Polish Marshals' signature is a treasure. A great man. If Napoleon had been quicker off the mark, he'd have made him a King of Poland.
Marshal Suchet Duc D'Albufera
Born March 2, 1770 - Died January 3, 1826
July 8, 1811 - Appionted Marshal d' Empire(23rd Order)
On July 10, 1799 Suchet was made general de division and chief of staff to General Joubert. During the Battle of Novi(August 15, 1799), Joubert was mortally wounded and Suchet took over his command.
On September 26, 1799 the second Battle of Zurich was being fought between Marshal Massena and Russian Field Marshal Surarov(Russia/Austria). During this time Suchet was General de Division, chef de l'Etat major general of the Army of Italy.
Marshal Massena won the Battle of Zurich after Surarov split his army in order to cut off Massena's line of retreat. However Massena rounded on one of the two armies that was being commanded by General Alexander Karsakov smashing the Russians causing 8,000 casualties. Massena then turened on Surarov inflicting over 14,000 casualties. Massena's victory destroyed Surarov's reputation and Russian withdrew from the Second Coalition.
This document dated two days after the Battle of Zurich(September 28, 1799).
ARMY OF ITALY
To headquarters of Finale
Suchet; Division General, Head of the War Department
To Citizen Joseph Marchand, Army Courier
Having Found, Citizen, that your name was not included in the list of Couriers attached to the General Headquarters, I hereby inform you that in accordance with the decision of the Commander in Chief you will receive remuneration for this month of Vendemiare. With regard to this matter I am writing to the Paymaster-General directing him to give the neccessary orders so that this payment be made without any obstacle or delay.
At the same time I have the pleasure to inform you that the Chief of Staff, who is satisfied(as well asI am), with your services, devotion and zeal, has indicated that your dismissal was due only to the fact that there are too many Couriers in the Army. You are free to seek other employment of this nature if the opportunity arises.
Should this be impossible, a passport will be given to you together with the sum of 2 francs 50 centimes so you can reach Tyrol.
How far did one get with 2.50 FF ?
Army Pay... 2.50 and a pink slip.....
Born January 26, 1763 - Died March 8, 1844
May 19, 1804 - Appointed Marchel d' Empire(7th Order)
On October 22, 1794 Bernadotte was promoted to General de Division.
This document is dated September 1 , 1795.
In the name of Law and the Loyalty of the French People.
It is forbidden to any militaryman and to any other persons to indulge into any excess or violence towards baillif Weiss, living at Berg Naseau.
Whoever will dare to make an attempt to the persons or the properties will be indicted to the War Council, and punished exemplarily. Pillage is prohibited; he that will make himself guilty of that, will be considered an enemy of the Republic, and repressed in consequence.
General de Division
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