A Narrative Of The Campaign In Russia, During The Year 1812

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byRobert Ker Porter

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1815 edition. Excerpt: ...damaged. With palaces, churches, and public structures, fell also whole streets of less considerable buildings; and out of eight thousand houses of wood, only five hundred remained undestroyed. " When this great retribution was made, it was suggested to the Emperor, still further to chastise the Russians, by burning the two thousand villages which surround Moscow, and all the castles and country houses in its vicinity. Four columns, of two thousand men each, were proposed to be sent out in every direction, to a distance of twenty leagues, to set fire to, and devastate every article in their path. Such a general desolation, observed the advisers of this scheme, will teach the Russians to make roar according to its received rules, and not like Tartars. If they burn one village or house, we tvill punish the act, by burning a hundred. " The Emperor refused to adopt this system, which he said would only aggravate the misfortunes of the people; and out of the nine hundred proprietors of the castles proposed to be destroyed, there were, perhaps, but one hundred who were sincerely the partisans of Rastapchin, the Marat of Russia! The other eight hundred, continued the great Napoleon, are brave men, already too much the victims of despotic power. We will not then, for the sake of vengeance against a hundred guilty wretches, involve eight thousand and nine hundred innocent persons in utter ruin. And should we consent to the destruction of the villages, would there not be two hundred thousand helpless peasants left without resource or shelter? " In conformity with these gracious sentiments, the Emperor was contented with the annihilation of the citadel, and other military buildings; and while the work of destruction proceeded, he forbade that the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1815 edition. Excerpt: ...damaged. With palaces, churches, and public structures, fell also whole streets of less considerable buildings;...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217673341

ISBN - 13:9780217673341

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