But instead of that, at the next village the sentinels of Davout
's infantry corps detained him as the pickets of the vanguard had done, and an adjutant of the corps commander, who was fetched, conducted him into the village to Marshal Davout
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This is especially true later in the book when the reader is taken back in time as the allies prepared to drive on Paris in 1814, to the summer of 1813 when Clausewitz assumed the role of chief of staff to the corps of General Count Ludwig von Wallmoden-Gimborn observing Marshal Louis-Nicolas Davout
His biography of Louis Davout
, The Iron Marshal , emphasized the role of Napoleon's most capable commander and established the author as a stalwart in the field.
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Some advisers, including his brother Lucien and his military commander Davout
, wanted Napoleon to dissolve the hostile Chamber of Deputies and to rule as a dictator, thus bringing to an end the constitutional government of Louis XVIII that he had continued in an attempt to curry popularity.
Speaking hours after the latest court ruling, their lawyer, Davout
Wolhuter, said the couple were 'totally freaked out' but would hand themselves over for voluntary arrest and appearance in a magistrates court while considering legal counter-measures.
We might well agree; but it must also be agreed that even in historical descriptions not everything is true by a long way, and that these characters who never actually existed illumine that internal side of the battle better than the majority of multi-tomed descriptions of wars in which faceless characters pass fleetingly by and instead of names like Napoleon, Davout
, Ney and so on you might just as well insert numbers or letters without any great loss.
Pierre freezes, then starts to answer, but Davout
interrupts him, speaking to another general.
Another moment and Davout
would have understood that they were doing a bad thing, but the adjutant who came in had prevented that moment.
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Segur makes the point that Bonaparte's most trusted marshals -- Davout
, Murat, Bessieres -- tried to dissuade him from leaving Smolensk and advancing on Moscow.