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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2018 10:37 a.m. PST

"Reaching the fortress at Mainz on the river Rhine on 2 November in the morning, Napoleon remained there for six days trying to reconstitute what remained of the army (70,000 men, of which thousands were sick with typhus and only 30,000 were properly under orders). As he noted in a letter Cambaceres written that very day, "I'm attempting to rally, rest and reorganize the army" (meaning, "the army is dispersed, exhausted and disorganised"). With the Confederation of the Rhine collapsing (Duke Louis of Darmstadt and Frederick of Wurtemburg joined the allies on the same day), Napoleon headed for Paris incognito on 7 November to begin preparations for the continuation of the fight…."
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