- Battle of Reims (1814)
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Rheims
caption=Napoleon during the 1814 campaign.
Painting by Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier, 1864
War of the Sixth Coalition
13 March, 1814
combatant1=flagicon|France French Empire
Emmanuel de Saint-Priest
casualties2=3,000 dead, 5,000 captured|
The engagement took place during the 1814 campaign. After Napoleon had retreated from
Russiaand lost the Battle of Leipzig, the allied armies had invaded France. Napoleon won a number of victories (such as the battle of Reims), but had little chance of success, with just 70,000 men against half a million allied forces. The campaign ended with the allies taking Parison 31 Marchand Napoleon's abdication on 6 April.
12 March, General Emmanuel de Saint-Priesthad taken the city of Reims with 15,000 men. Napoleon responded by heading east from Soissonswith 10,000 men and retaking the city the next day. Some 3,000 allied soldiers fell in the battle, and St. Priest was mortally wounded.
In a letter to his brother Joseph on
14 March, Napoleon wrote: "Yesterday I arrived in Reims, which had been occupied by General St. Priest with three Russian divisions and a new Prussian division. I captured the city, taking twenty guns, plenty of baggage, and 5,000 prisoners. General St. Priest has been mortally wounded."
Napoleon entered Reims at 2 a.m. while the allied forces fled through another city gate. The allies retreated to
Laon, where St. Priest died two weeks later.
War of the Sixth Coalition
Six Days Campaign
Battle of Paris (1814)
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* [http://www.thebetterdrink.com/PastIssues/Summer_05/Feature/index.htm War and Champagne]
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