Histoire de la Révolution française, IV

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Author: Adolphe Thiers
Language: French
Wordcount: 89,638 / 284 pg
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 584
Added to site: 2004.06.30
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Genre: History
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Anvers, Breda et Gertruydenberg; de se placer au centre de ce demi-cercle, et d'y attendre les renforts necessaires pour agir plus energiquement. Le 22, il livra, devant Louvain, un combat de position aux Imperiaux, qui fut aussi grave que celui de Goidsenhoven, et leur couta autant de monde. Le soir, il eut une entrevue avec le colonel Mack, officier ennemi qui exercait une grande influence sur les operations des coalises, par la reputation dont il jouissait en Allemagne. Ils convinrent de ne plus livrer de combats decisifs, de se suivre lentement et en bon ordre, pour epargner le sang des soldats et menager les pays qui etaient le theatre de la guerre. Cette espece d'armistice, toute favorable aux Francais, qui se seraient debandes s'ils avaient ete attaques vivement, convenait aussi parfaitement au timide systeme de la coalition, qui, apres avoir recouvre la Meuse, ne voulait plus rien tenter de decisif avant la prise de Mayence. Telle fut la premiere negociation de Dumouriez avec l'ennemi. La politesse d

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