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Retreat of Napoleon's Grand Army from Russia cover

Description:

In 1812 an Italian soldier in Napoleon's multinational Grand Armee—-the largest fighting force Europe had ever seen—-wrote this letter home from Prussia during the army's retreat from Russia. Only a third of the men survived. The brown military postal marking, used during the retreat, is rare.

Date:
December 14, 1812
Medium:
paper; ink (black, brown)
Dimensions:
Height x Width x Depth: 3 3/8 x 4 1/8 x 1/8 in. (8.5 x 10.5 x 0.3 cm)
Museum ID:
1983.0780.119
Place:
FRANCE (republic)

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