Lot 345: One of Napoleon's marshals who was a close personal friend and one of the most daring and talented generals in the French army (1769–1809). DS in French, signed "Lannes," one page, 9.75 x 15, September 13, 1801. A document listing the various segments of the army, including the cavalry, dragoons, chasseurs, and hussars, that did not furnish the number of men that Lannes had previously specified to complement the consular guard. A note to the upper left reads (translated): "This is the 3rd time this year this request has been made of the Minister of War and no action has yet been taken." A note at the lower left reads (translated): "Returned to the Minister of War to provide the men." Boldly signed at the conclusion by Lannes. Intersecting folds, scattered creases, and light soiling, otherwise fine condition. Napoleon named Lannes head of the Consular Guard and directed him to make it the finest Army Corps in the republic. A desirable piece from one of Napoleon's most trusted men.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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