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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1861 Excerpt: ... 242. Moreau at the same time succeeded Scherer in the command of the French army of Italy; but it was reduced by sickness and the sword to 28,000 combatants, and, abandoning the immense stores and reserve artillery at Cremona, he fell back behind the A'dda. The frontier fortresses of the Cisalpine Republic were thus left to their own resources: Peschiera was carried by assault; Brescia surrendered to Kray (April 20); Mantua and Ferrara were blockaded, and Suwarroff prepared to force the passage of the Adda. All the points favourable to this design had been carefully fortified by the French; but the divisions of Ott and Wukassovich succeeded (on the night of April 25-6) in effecting the passage by surprise at different points, and thus intercepting the communications between the French corps. Serrurier was totally cut off, and obliged to surrender with 7000 men: the French retreated in confusion behind the Ticino, and Suwarroff entered Milan in triumph (April 29). Moreau, in the mean time, whose forces now amounted to scarce a third of those opposed to him, continued to retire, in two columns, on Turin and Alessandria, there to await the arrival of Macdonald and his army from Naples. He repulsed with loss an attempt of the Russian corps of Rosenberg to cross the Po at Valenza (May 11); but, finding his ground rendered untenable by a general insurrection of the Piedmontese peasants, he attempted to retreat by the crest of the Apennines towards Turin. Suwarroff, however, had made a rapid movement towards that city, which was surprised (May 27) by his advanced guard under Wukassovich: the castle of Milan had fallen on the 24th, thus completing the conquest of Lombardy; and Moreau was compelled to turn his steps towards Genoa, the only rallying-point where he co...
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