Lot 313: LS in French, signed "Napole," one page, 7.25 x 9, May 20, 1811. Letter to General Alexandre Berthier. In part (translated): "Send back General Suchet's aide-de-camp Ricard with orders to march upon Tarragona. Make him understand the necessity of leaving Klopiski's brigade to defend the countryside around Navarra. You will let him know about the victory that General Barraguey d'Hilliers won on the 3rd of this month over Campoverde who at the head of 12,000 of his best troops tried to introduce a convoy into Figuieres; 1,200 mules which composed the convoy were seized, one hundred officers and 2,000 men were taken prisoner and the rest were killed and dispersed in every direction. You will let General Suchet know that it is regrettable that although he had such considerable forces in his hands he allowed them to go to sleep and that he should have taken advantage of the circumstances to lay siege to Tarragona." In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds, overall wrinkling, and a few light stains.Napoleon offered Suchet a marshal's baton for the successful capture of Tarragona, and despite his mishap in this instance he was considered one of Napoleon's most brilliant generals. Suchet found success on June 29, 1811, when his forces stormed the city and dealt heavy losses to Spanish troops, taking the territory while at the same time crippling the Army of Catalonia; they moved on to take Valencia the following year. Superb military content with a desirable more complete variation of Napoleon's signature than often seen.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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