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    Feeding Napoleon's horses as he begins his ill-fated invasion of Russia

    Jean-Joseph Tarayre Autograph Letter Signed "Tarayre," one page, 7.5" x 9". Kovno, July 13, 1812. To the Director. In French, fully translated. In part, "The intention of the Emperor that all the cavalry, artillery and supply detachments receive a distribution of grain from Kovno as far as Vilna, you will have distributed to each of these detachments four rations of grain per horse to go as far as Vilna...The horses who will remain in the place, from the cavalry from the artillery train...will not share in the distribution of the grain as far as that which the stores are satisfactorily provided. The courier horses for the service of the Emperor will receive a distribution of grain each day..." On the night of June 24-25, 1812, the French Grande Armée of 422,000 crossed the Niemen River to begin Napoleon's invasion of Russia by capturing Kovno. On June 28th, Napoleon entered Vilna where he remained until July 16th, three days after this letter was written. Jean-Joseph Tarayre (1770-1855) had been promoted to Lieutenant General in 1808 and General-de-Brigade on January 23, 1812. He was created Baron of the Empire in 1812 and Commander of the Legion d'Honneur on August 10, 1813. Small stain near lower margin, else in fine condition.

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